Bottas dominated the season opener after getting ahead of pole-man and also teammate Le Hamilton on the jog to the very first corner at the beginning.

It marks his first win because the 2017 season finale in , afterwards bad fortune and bad shape at the close of the year left him win-less in 2018.

Asked if he believed it was his best race in F1, Bottas said:”I think thus. I do not know exactly what happened.

“I don’t know what to express. The beginning was really good. It was definitely my best race . I do not know what happened, I felt so good and everything was in order.

“The car was so good today. Truly fun, and I need to enjoy today.”

It offers him 26 points, the biggest single-race haul from a driver in F1 history, and leaves him eight points clear of Hamilton beneath the standings.

“I knew it’s really a rule for this year, as I had very strong pace I needed to really go for that in the end,” explained Bottas of this restored fastest-lap point.

“It is always insecure with the worn tyres however it had been worth it. [I am ] happy and can’t await the next race”

Hamilton paid tribute to his own team mate’s performance after being forced to maintain driver and ’s at bay throughout different phases of the grand prix.

He finished well adrift of Bottas but that was exaggerated by way of a driven early pitstop to cover Vettel, which placed both drivers on a diminished strategy compared to race winner.

“it really is a fantastic weekend for the team, therefore I have to be happy for everyone,” explained Hamilton.

“Valtteri drove an incredible race today therefore deserved it. We now have some work to do, [but] it is significantly more than we could have hoped for as a team”

Hamilton said he had some”thoughts” where his qualifying pace went would save for his debrief.

He explained losing the win after starting on pole was”just a tiny bit frustrating once you’ve got a fantastic weekend up until there, but that I shall continue to work really hard to do better next time”.


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