Valtteri Bottas secured his second F1 win with victory in the Austrian Grand Prix, finishing ahead of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo. With this second place finish, Vettel extended his lead at the top of the world championship standings to 20 points after Lewis Hamilton failed to overtake Ricciardo for a podium finish in the closing moments of the race.
A relatively pedestrian race came alive as it neared its conclusion with Hamilton challenging Ricciardo and Vettel looking to deny Bottas a victory. From pole position, Bottas made the perfect getaway to lead, so perfect that both Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo questioned over team radio whether the Mercedes driver had a jump-start.
Ricciardo settled into third after pushing Kimi Raikkonen out wide at Turn 3, which placed the Finn back to fifth place behind the Haas of Romain Grosjean. After two laps, Raikkonen reclaimed the place, but was unable to close gap on Ricciardo’s Red Bull as the top three began to spread out at the head of the field.
Bottas then managed his advantage over Vettel for the remaining laps even though the German closed the gap down to less than two the closing stages, and with three laps to go was just 1.1s behind – but never threatened enough and lost out by just 0.658s at the finishing line.
Raikkonen was fifth, as Grosjean held on to sixth place to record his best result of the season so far, followed by Force India pair of Perez and Esteban Ocon in seventh and eighth.
Felipe Massa, ninth, was followed by Williams teammate Lance Stroll, who scored points for the third race in a row with 10th place, holding off the lead Renault of Jolyon Palmer.