Australian Grand Prix 2019: Valtteri Bottas upstages Lewis Hamilton at season opener

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Valtteri Bottas upstaged his Mercedes world champion team-mate Lewis Hamilton and clinched the season-opening Australian Formula One Grand Prix for Mercedes on Sunday.

Starting second behind pole-sitter Hamilton, Bottas got the jump on the Briton during a typically messy start at Albert Park and ended up cruising to his fourth win by some 20.80 seconds after delaying a tyre-change.

Red Bull’s precocious Max Verstappen came third to join them on the podium after audaciously overtaking Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel midway through the race.

Four-time world champion Vettel had to settle for fourth, trailing in 57.1 seconds behind Bottas. Ferrari partner Charles Leclerc was fifth, with Kevin Magnussen in a Haas sixth.

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“I don’t know what just happened. The start was really good, it was definitely my best race ever,” said the Finn.

McLaren driver Carlos Sainz also retired after easing into pit lane on the 11th lap with his car on fire.

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