Valtteri Bottas sets his sights on the drivers’ championship after winning the exciting first race of the F1 season: ‘The dream of winning the title is alive and well’
Valtteri Bottas is aiming for the drivers’ championship after leading each lap to win the first race of the Formula 1 season in Austria.
The Finn started the day on pole after knocking out Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton in qualifying on Saturday before keeping his rivals at bay to win the Austrian Grand Prix.
“The dream of winning the title is alive and kicking this year,” said the 30-year-old. “There is no doubt about that.
Valtteri Bottas had champagne ready after winning the Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday
“I have to get the best out of myself every week. I want to enjoy this, but I have to perform at the next race and be ready for what’s to come. ‘
Hamilton was on Bottas’ tail for much of the race after Red Bull’s Max Verstappen dropped out after the early stages.
Safety cars were involved when Kevin Magnussen, George Russell and Kimi Raikkonen retired, and Mercedes warned both drivers to avoid the curbs due to gearbox problems.
The Finn now hopes that he can keep up his pace and build up his lead throughout the season
Bottas couldn’t tell the excitement as he quietly completed his win to achieve his eighth career win.
Bottas, who was number two last season, now has a 13-point leader over reigning champion Hamilton.
The Briton crossed the line second, but received a five-second time penalty for making contact with Red Bull’s Alex Albon, meaning he finished fourth.
Bottas has a useful early lead over Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton after the opener