Valtteri Bottas on track at the 2018 Austrian Grand Prix.

Valtteri Bottas was flawless in qualifying to better his teammate in the battle for Austrian pole.

Valtteri Bottas in his garage at the 2018 Spanish Grand Prix.

Valtteri Bottas has raised his game this year, even if the points don’t show it.

Lewis Hamilton claimed a fortunate first victory of the season at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, inheriting the race lead after Valtteri Bottas and Sebastian Vettel’s races imploded in the last 10 laps.

Mercedes’s Valtteri Bottas topped the first free practice at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, edging Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo by just 0.035 seconds and blitzing Ferrari by more than two seconds.

Vlatteri Bottas congratulates Sebastian Vettel on winning the 2018 Bahrain Grand Prix.

A number-one driver needs a certain killer instinct. Bottas seems to lack it.

Lewis Hamilton on track on Friday at the Australian Grand Prix.

Mercedes topped both practice sessions, but not by as much as some feared during the preseason.

Sebastian Vettel on the 2017 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix podium.

Sebastian Vettel burst his own championship dream, but in the midfield two drivers kcikstarted theirs.

Valtteri Bottas, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel celebrate on the 2017 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix podium.

The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix once again delivered a lack of racing to close the Formula One season.

Valtteri Bottas on track at the 2017 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Valtteri Bottas has ended his debut Mercedes season with victory at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Valtteri Bottas on track at the 2017 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton will start on the front row in Abu Dhabi.