Valtteri Bottas came out absolutely swinging Sunday at Albert Park. Mercedes clear number two driver in 2018 asserted himself in dominant fashion to start off the 2019 season.
Bottas led 56 of 58 laps en route to a massive 20.8 second victory over teammate and presumed favorite Lewis Hamilton. On top of the victory Bottas also claimed fastest lap and the extra point that comes along with it this season. Meaning Bottas now has the biggest points lead to start an F1 season ever, even if it’s only by one point.
On the cool down lap Valtteri dropped one of the best radio transmissions you’ll ever hear from a soft spoken Finn;
“To whom it may concern, fuck you.”
Valtteri is straight dripping in confidence after this race. Literally, he could take your girl, eat porridge and give her back at this point and you’d respect the move. After numerous media members and fans calling for him to be replaced for the 2019 season, Bottas finally got to clap back. This may not save him from being replaced by Ocon in 2020 but it certainly establishes him as one of the sports best.
The two Ferrari’s were atrocious on Sunday. After dominating winter testing and posting the fastest times in Barcelona like fools, things went awry in Australia. Or did they?
Ferrari got played by Mercedes. The Silver Arrows never showed their true pace in Barcelona testing while Ferrari did. Flash forward to this past Friday and Mercedes made Ferrari look like fools.
Sebastian Vettel finished 4th Sunday and likely would have been 5th if his team didn’t tell newcomer to the team Charles LeClerc to not pass the flailing 4-time champ.
Honda Back On The Podium
Max Verstappen took his Red Bull Honda to 3rd and performed the only on track pass in the top 6 all race when he go around Vettel for third.
Best of the rest
Kevin Magnussen finished 6th in his Haas, the last car on the lead lap which should account for something. His teammate once again retired from the race do to a loose wheel from another botched pit stop.
Nico Hulkenberg claimed 7th, a great result of Renault as they saw Ricciardo retire early in the race with damage. Hulkenberg was told he needed to preform this season and through one race he has. But it’s only been one race.
Kimi Raikkonen came home 8th in his first race back with Sauber. Melbourne is a specific track, we’ll see where the Alfa’s are when the series gets to Bahrain but it’s a solid start.
Lance Stroll finished 9th scoring points and finishing 2 laps ahead of his former team.
Daniil Kvyat wraps out the points paying positions in 10th in his first race back in F1 and first race back with Toro Rosso. Nice little redemption story for him.
Williams Is In A Sad State
Rookie George Russell said Williams discovered a fundamental flaw with their car that will take months to fix. That’s super unfortunate and until that gets fixed things are going to be bad. Like really bad.
Russell finished 2 laps down while Kubica finished 3 laps down. The car looks painful to drive, they have shown zero speed and honestly it’s downright depressing to watch.
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