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.
A number-one driver needs a certain killer instinct. Bottas seems to lack it.
Mercedes topped both practice sessions, but not by as much as some feared during the preseason.
Sebastian Vettel burst his own championship dream, but in the midfield two drivers kcikstarted theirs.
The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix once again delivered a lack of racing to close the Formula One season.
Valtteri Bottas has ended his debut Mercedes season with victory at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton will start on the front row in Abu Dhabi.
Valtteri Bottas capitalised on Lewis Hamilton crashing out of qualifying to seize pole position.