Bottas blasts to victory in dominant display at Albert Park

Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas declared before the Australian Grand Prix got underway that he wanted to make season 2019 his best ever.

Whatever the shakeout over the next eight months, the Mercedes driver made the best possible start to the new campaign with a pillar to post victory at Albert Park.

Storming off the grid: Valtteri Borras leads from the start of the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on Sunday.Credit:AP

Bottas, who has had to play second fiddle to world champion Lewis Hamilton, his team-mate, looked likely to be second best again after qualifying saw him finish just behind the Briton in second place.

But the Finn gunned his engine off the start line and got off to a brilliant beginning, edging past Hamilton down the straight as the field thundered away and then scooting off into the distance.


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