Bottas wins season-opening Australian GP

Valtteri Bottas made an incredible victory at season opener Australian Grand Prix by 20 seconds ahead of pole sitter and his team-mate Lewis Hamilton, who struggled with slow race launch.

Max Verstappen grab final place on the podium with brand new power unit Honda, Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel and new team-mate Charles Leclerc set fourth and fifth respectively, both are struggled with tyre degradation.

Kevin Magnussen finished on the sixth ahead Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg and Kimi Raikkonen, who is leading for Alfa Romeo. Racing Point F1 driver Lance Stroll set ninth place and Daniil Kvyat grab final points for Toro Rosso, who made return to Formula 1 after two-season break.

2019 Australian Grand Prix quick facts

• Mercedes speedy Valtteri Bottas made his fourth F1 wins and the first time since November 2017, after 22 races gap.

• Defending world champion Lewis Hamilton’s wait for another Australian GP win continues: that’s four runner-up finishes in a row now from four uninterrupted poles

• Red Bull’s fighter Max Verstappen finishes on the Australian GP podium for the first time.

• The Japanese power unit provider Honda secure a first podium since their return to Formula 1 / Red Bull’s first Australia podium since 2013

• Main championship contenders Ferrari miss out on Melbourne podium for first time since 2014

• Ex-Williams driver, Lance Stroll scores two points on Racing Point first arrival.