Ferrari made the best of their Austria GP while Bottas performs the greatest drive of his career leading from start to finish. Kimi ends P5 while Vettel extends his championship lead over Hamilton to 20 points. Ricciardo completes the podium.
After qualifying, tifosi were looking forward to the race, Hamilton in P8 after a grid penalty creating a good chance for a red victory. Bottas was on pole, Vettel P2 and Raikkönen P3.
It was a difficult start for the Scuderia. Bottas made a superb launch off the grid, Vettel stayed in second. Räikkönen was pushed wide at turn 2 and got overtaken by 2 cars. In the back both Alonso and Verstappen were pushed out of the race after another idiotic move by Kvyat, resulting in a drive through and 2 penalty points. Hamilton quickly catched up to Räikkönen before making an early pitstop.
Numerous drivers complained about tyre wear, but no major consequences in this rather uneventful race.
In the final laps we saw a nice battle for third between Hamilton and Ricciardo, and the smiling Aussie ended up on the podium.
Bottas kept his cool under pressure from Seb and took home a deserving win for Mercedes. Vettel gained 6 points over Hamilton. He now has 20 points lead. But be careful: that’s still less than a victory (25 points). Lewis will be eager to win on his home Grand Prix this weekend in Silverstone.