Valtteri Bottas makes his case for title contention as Sebastian Vettel and Romain Grosjean impress while Daniel Ricciardo takes a double award…
The weekend Valtteri Bottas confirmed he is a genuine contender in this season’s title battle and made it a three-way race for the championship.
The Finn did enough to take pole on Saturday, without putting together the perfect lap, before executing an inch-perfect start and driving a near flawless race to take the second victory of his career.
As with his win in Russia in April, Bottas showed he can handle the pressure of being pursued by four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel as he held off the championship leader in the closing stages.
“You sense he knows this is his big chance and he’s not going to let this go easily,” said Sky F1’s Damon Hill.
Thirty-five points behind Vettel, 15 behind team-mate Lewis Hamilton, Bottas will have the multiple world champions looking closely over their shoulder over the remainder of the season.
And it will surely not be much longer before Mercedes put a new contract on the table…
Rating out of ten: 9.5