For many of 2018, Valtteri Bottas was the ‘different’ man at Mercedes because the German Method One big stormed to its fifth consecutive world championship. The place teammate Lewis Hamilton received 11 grands prix and annexed a fifth world title, Bottas did not take a single race victory so as to add to the three he received in his first season at Mercedes in 2017, and appeared set for an additional marketing campaign as Hamilton’s wingman after qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park on Saturday.
Quick-forward 24 hours, and a season-opener that defied all logic from pre-season testing, the place Ferrari seemed to have Mercedes’ measure, took one other sudden twist after Bottas blitzed pole-sitter Hamilton off the line into the first corner and wasn’t seen for dust thereafter, the Finn successful his fourth F1 race by 20.eight seconds, leaving Hamilton and the remainder of the sector in his wake.
The victory margin was larger than in every other grand prix final yr, and with the lead Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel ending fourth and a whopping 57 seconds adrift, it put the complete cease on a season begin that ripped the shape e book to shreds.
Bottas is one thing of an anomaly in comparison with his Finnish compatriots who’ve come earlier than him in F1; the loquacious 29-year-old would not converse in monosyllables like two-time world champion Mika Hakkinen, or the similarly-taciturn Alfa Romeo driver Kimi Raikkonen. However after Sunday’s race, Bottas was at a loss to seek out the correct phrases to elucidate his dominance, the place he wrapped up 25 factors for the win and a bonus level for the quickest lap of the race, set on the 57th lap of the 58-lap distance.