Valtteri Bottas has rediscovered his joy of driving and it has had speedy success as he led Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton in a 1-2 end at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.
Mercedes was a scorching favourite to win in Melbourne after dominating each apply session and qualifying on the primary weekend of the season. It was just the ending order — and the gap of more than 20 seconds — on Sunday that was a shock.
He additionally picked up the bonus point for the fastest lap, which has been reintroduced to F1 for the primary time in six many years, to collect 26 championship factors.
“It was undoubtedly my greatest race ever. It felt so good,” Bottas stated. “Really enjoyed it. It wouldn’t be potential with out my superb automotive and the staff we have now.”
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The quickest lap was a welcome bonus. “Undoubtedly, it’s a new rule for this yr. I had actually robust pace, I needed to go for that in the long run.”
Bottas, whose greatest end in six earlier years in Australia was a third in 2017, was the trustworthy No. 2 at Mercedes last season, when a mixture of mechanical issues and staff instructions meant he didn’t win a GP in a season when Hamilton dominated and picked up his fifth world drivers’ championship.
Hamilton, who gained 11 of…