Bottas takes second win of the season and career

Valtteri Bottas holds off Sebastian Vettel to win the Austrian Grand Prix as Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton battles back to finish fourth in Spielberg

  • Valterri Bottas held off Sebastian Vettel to win the Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring on Sunday
  • Vettel came second and Daniel Ricciardo third as Lewis Hamilton had to settle for a fourth-place finish
  • Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and McLaren’s Fernando Alonso were forced to retire early on after collision
  • Ferrari star Vettel extended championship lead over title rival Hamilton, the Mercedes star, to 20 points

Valtteri Bottas may not ‘want to shout about it’ but he roared into title contention with a commanding victory at Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix.

Driving for the same Mercedes team as Britain’s Lewis Hamilton, Bottas kept the charging Sebastian Vettel at bay in the closing stages at the Red Bull Ring to take his second win of the season and move 35 points behind the leader in the drivers’ championship. Hamilton’s sights have been fixed on Vettel so far.

But the Briton’s fourth place here forces him to look in his mirrors — where Bottas is looming large. The Finn is only 15 points behind Hamilton with 11 races to go. ‘I don’t want to shout about it too much but with the points I have I know I’m in the championship fight for sure,’ said Bottas, 27.

Valtteri Bottas celebrates in true Formula One style by spraying champagne in his own face following his Austria triumph