Valtteri Bottas is assured he’s in rivalry for this yr’s Components 1 drivers’ championship after successful Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix to maneuver to only 35 factors off chief Sebastian Vettel.
Bottas delivered a managed show in Spielberg to carry Vettel off within the closing phases and safe his second grand prix victory, his first coming for Mercedes earlier this yr in Russia in related circumstances.
“I had a little bit of a déjà vu ultimately with what occurred in Russia,” Bottas stated. “He was catching up. The issue within the final stint, I had a large blister on the rear left since lap 5 of that stint, in order that made it fairly difficult.
“To start with I might management the tempo, however ultimately the backmarkers made it fairly difficult.
“Actually pleased, it is solely my second win in my profession. Thanks guys for the help. Huge thanks to the group for making this potential, so thanks guys.”
Bottas is now simply 15 factors shy of team-mate Lewis Hamilton, who was seen to be main Mercedes’ championship bid, giving the Finn perception he can get within the combine for the drivers’ crown.
“We’re not even within the midway of the yr, so undoubtedly I consider and the group believes,” Bottas stated.
“Nonetheless an extended yr forward. Like I stated, we’re nonetheless creating. I am simply loving each second and it will be good.”