After the heated tension between Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton at Azerbaijan, Hamilton expressed his desire to solely focus on the Austrian Grand Prix which took place this weekend. A tense press conference saw Vettel apologising and accepting that Hamilton was not at fault.
This seemed to serve as an anti-climax as Hamilton qualified in third position yet started eighth after being hit with a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change.
Hamilton made a good start to the race as he sailed past to 6th position. Bottas maintained his first-place position and Vettel, his second.
Red Bull's Max Verstappen was unlucky on the first turn after Toro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat misjudged his braking and slammed into the back of Fernando Alonso's McLaren.
Despite the accident, Verstappen had a bad start due to clutch problems. It seems as if the accident didn’t happen, he would have had to retire due to mechanical problems. Austrian Grand Prix marks 19-year-old Verstappen’s five retirements in the last seven races, ruled out after only one lap.
Meanwhile, Hamilton managed to gain two more places in the race ending in fourth place. He was unable to find a gap around Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo, who finished third and continuing his fifth consecutive podium finish.
Vettel ended the race in second place increasing his championship points by 20. This forces Hamilton to regain his ground in the British Grand Prix next weekend. He has won three races at Silverstone thus far and needs to push for an excellent weekend.
Although there was a concern that Bottas made a potential jump start, he reigned as champion and claimed his second victory for the year.
The 2017 Austrian Grand Prix Results are as follows:
1). Valettri Bottas (Mercedes): 1:21:48.527
2). Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari): +0:00.658
3). Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull): +0:06.012
4). Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes): +0:07.430
5). Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari): +0:20.370
6). Romain Grosjean (Haas F1): +1:06.281
7). Sergio Perez (Force India): Lapped
8). Esteban Ocon (Force India): Lapped
9). Felipe Massa (Williams): Lapped
10). Lance Stroll (Williams): Lapped