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Valtteri Bottas wins Australia GP for Mercedes

IANS  |  Melbourne 

Mercedes team (F1) won his first champion in the held in on Sunday afternoon.

"felt so good, I had under control and it was so good today. I'm going to enjoy today," said the 28-year-old Finn after beating his teammate and pole-sitter by 20.886 seconds.

It was the fourth time in as many years that Hamilton has taken pole position in only to finish second, reports

Bottas rocketed out of his grid slot to head Hamilton by the time they reached Turn 1 and kept the advantage till the end of the game. Melbourne's emphatic victory witnessed his fourth F1 winning since he joined the Mercedes in 2017. He also claimed a bonus point for the fastest lap of the race to come away from with a full 26 points.

Red Bull's rushed to the third, the first time for him to stand on the podium at It is also the first time that a non-Mercedes or has appeared on the podium since 2015.

failed to score in for the first time in his career on his debut due to engine fire. Local favorite on his debut went off the track just seconds after the start and had to go to the pits for a first stop. With a suspected issue, he team retired him later on.

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First Published: Sun, March 17 2019. 15:30 IST
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