Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes
secured his second victory of the season by winning the Austrian Grand Prix on
July 09, 2017. He finished superbly by crossing the winning line, 0.6s ahead of
world championship leader Sebastian Vettel for Ferrari. Red Bull’s Daniel
Ricciardo was third while Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes had to be content with
It was a good day for Force
India when their drivers Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon came in 7th
and 8th respectively. Kimi
Raikkonen of Ferrari came in fifth, followed by Romain Grosjean of Haas. The
others to make up the first ten were Felipe Massa of William who came in 9th
and his teammate Lance Stroll who finished 10th. Carlos Sainz of
Toro Rosso, Kevin Magnussen of Haas, Fernando Alonso of McLaren and Max
Verstappen of Red Bull did not finish the race.
Earlier in the race, Alonso's
McLaren inadvertently collided with Verstappen’s car which spun out of control.
Both the cars suffered a lot of damage and had to retire from the race.
Meanwhile, the race for Bottas
was smooth in the beginning when he led from his pole position. The Finn led
easily from pole and dominated the first half of the race. From lap 47 onward, Vettel
was in full form as he got snapping at the heels of the Mercedes driver. The
final laps were nail-biting as Vettel was a breath away from Bottas, but the
latter dug in and secured a remarkable win.
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