Valtteri Bottas, version 2019, has breakthrough win at the Australian GP

'To whom it may concern, f*** you': Bottas' rebuke after Australia win
Valtteri Bottas dedicates Australian GP win to Charlie Whiting
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21 March, 2019

The Finn was able to pass Hamilton ahead of the first corner and set about making the most of the clear track, while the Ferraris of Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc finished fourth and fifth respectively and were nearly a minute behind
Bottas.

Following a season in which he failed to deliver a single victory, Bottas is a man under pressure this year.

When asked "What the hell did you have for breakfast?" after taking his first win since 2017, Bottas replied: "I had some porridge".

Valtteri Bottas celebrates after his win.

"It's not what we were expecting", Binotto said.

But although extremely highly rated, the Monaco-born driver accepts that he is now "number 2" to Sebastian Vettel.

But this year's addition of a bonus point for the fastest lap encouraged everyone to push in the closing stages, regardless of how far ahead or behind they were of the nearest driver.

"For us as a team, we have such a strong package going forward and for myself, having a tricky previous year, to start the season like this is very good".

The Finn won the opening race of the 2019 campaign ahead of his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton, who acknowledged he had been outraced by Bottas but, in finishing second, said he had been struggling with the balance of his vehicle due to damage.

"Clearly we are missing something", said Vettel.

'To whom it may concern, f*** you': Bottas' rebuke after Australia win
Mercedes' drivers and engineers plotted against Wolff!

With world champion Lewis Hamilton second, it was a ideal start to the season for Mercedes while Ferrari were left puzzled by poor performance.

He had started in P2, behind Hamilton, but a lightning getaway saw him lead the field into the first corner.

"I think I need to reconstruct the radio calls, how that happened".

Driver of the day: After all the team orders and missed opportunities Valtteri Bottas endured a year ago, it was hard not to get carried away by the story of redemption that played out in Albert Park on Sunday.

"In the morning meeting when we talked about strategy, I forbade them to go for the fastest lap if we were running first, second or third", Wolff stated, per Planet F1.

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said the new engine had good power and reliability.

"In this Ferrari it is possible", Leclerc smiled, but he also said he is not rushing.

"I think he was probably bored and not happy because he lost the start". "Right now we do not have an answer but I am sure we will find something because we know the auto is better than what we have seen".

Whiting was at the Melbourne circuit on Wednesday but passed away overnight after suffering a pulmonary embolism.

He briefly flickered into life late on, coming within overtaking range of Vettel, but was told in no uncertain terms by Ferrari's pit-wall brigade to back off.

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