Valtteri Bottas wins Austrian GP for his second victory of the year

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A graphic shot of the cars which collided during lap one

THERE was drama in the first lap at the Austrian Grand Prix when Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat hit Fernando Alonso’s McLaren, pushing it into Max Verstappen.

All three had to withdraw from the race leaving Bottas and championship leader Sebastian Vettel to battle it out for first place.

This was the first competitive race after Vettel admitted that he deliberately drove into Lewis Hamilton’s car in Azerbaijan and Hamilton after initially lapping quickly in the qualifying rounds, actually started in for him, lowly eighth position.

Whilst Bottas and Vettel had their own race, Hamilton quickly moved to fourth place although he was kept in that position by Daniel Ricciardo driving for Red Bull who finished third.

This was not a particularly exciting race apart from the drama in the first lap and the later battle between the first four.

Vettel continues to lead the championship by 20 points over Hamilton who must feel hard done by as Vettel received no ban or point deduction following the Azerbaijan incident.

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