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Valtteri Bottas Wins The 2017 Austria GP, Dusting Off Vettel

Valtteri Bottas Wins The 2017 Austria GP, Dusting Off Vettel

Valtteri Bottas won the Austria GP below a second ahead of Sebastian Vettel To claim his second podium finish.

Daniel Ricciardo came third as he held off Lewis Hamilton in the last seconds of the race, Hamilton now stands 20 points behind Sebastian Vettel in the driver's world championship.

"I gave it everything I could," said Hamilton. "I take heart and just move on. It's been a difficult weekend.

"I have a couple of down days now and look forward to seeing the home crowd. Hopefully we won't approach Silverstone with any issues and can start with a clean slate."

Vettel had lost pole position to Bottas with less than a tenth of a second on Saturday and in the race Bottas finished off just below a second ahead of Vettel. Bottas, who had survived a lengthy investigation from the stewards over an alleged jump start, had built a good lead in the early stages of the race.

Ferrari closed in on Mercedes after they switched to ultrasofts to supersofts, the balance of power shifted to Ferrari and saw Vettel rapidly close in on the Mercedes while Bottas gained almost half a second in traffic three laps from the end and made no mistake during a tension-filled final lap as Vettel shadowed him to the chequered flag.

Later told that Bottas' reaction time off the line was measured at 0.201 of a second, a thousandth above the threshold for a penalty, an incredulous Vettel retorted: "I don't believe that."
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