Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas pounced previous Lewis Hamilton into the primary nook because the Finn cantered to the chequered flag on the Australian Grand Prix.
Bottas accomplished a one-two lockout of the entrance row for the Silver Arrows in qualifying at Melbourne’s Albert Park with Hamilton going 0.112 seconds faster for his 84th profession pole.
Nevertheless it was Bottas who led into the primary nook with a superb begin guiding him into first place previous his team-mate.
Valtteri Bottas overtook Mercedes team-mate and pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton on the primary nook and went on to dominate the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne
Bottas celebrates making the proper begin to the brand new season following an excellent drive in Melbourne on Sunday
Defending world champion Hamilton was sluggish off the beginning line and allowed Bottas to get previous him to take the lead
Hamilton spent the rest of the 58-lap race trailing team-mate Bottas with the Ferrari and Pink Bull automobiles chasing them
Hamilton pitted early – lap 10 – as Bottas put the hammer down with a string of quickest laps on tyres that had carried him practically 20 occasions across the 3.295-mile circuit.
Solely Pink Bull’s Max Verstappen made his softs last more than the Finn as he pitted on lap 27 and the Mercedes returned to the lead.
From the midway level, there was solely ever prone to be one winner as Bottas opened up a 20-second lead over Hamilton.
The five-time world champion appeared to labour on his medium compounds, telling his crew he was struggling for rear grip as Verstappen made his case for the second step on the rostrum.
It was the proper begin to the brand new season for Bottas, the Finn demonstrating that he will not play second fiddle to Hamilton
Max Verstappen claimed third place on the rostrum behind the 2 Mercedes with an encouraging drive for the season forward
However the Dutchman bumped into the grass on flip one as he closed in on Hamilton, dropping floor to the reigning champion and ending third.
By this level, Hamilton and Verstappen had put a ways between themselves and Ferrari rivals Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc, who wound up off the tempo.
Vettel summed up the temper of his race, asking engineers ‘Why are we so sluggish?’ as he fell greater than half a minute behind Bottas.
The Finn took his fourth profession win and took the additional level for the race’s quickest lap which has been reintroduced this season.
Bottas mentioned: ‘I do not know what simply occurred. I do not know what to say, the beginning was actually good.
‘The automotive was so good right this moment, it was really pleasurable. It was undoubtedly my finest race ever. I can not look forward to the following race.’
Hamilton mentioned: ‘It is a good weekend for the crew so I’ve to be completely satisfied for everybody. Valtteri drove an unbelievable race right this moment and really deserved the win right this moment.’
Extra to comply with.
The Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel within the pit lane in Melbourne throughout what was a disappointing begin to the season for the German
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc holds off Kevin Magnussen of HAAS F1 through the opening race of the F1 season in Australia
The automobiles jostle for place within the opening couple of corners in Melbourne with the Ferraris of Vettel and Leclerc in entrance
Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo overtakes through the first flip of the Australian Grand Prix – he can be pressured to retire although