F1 2017: Austrian Grand Prix Race Recap

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Valtteri Bottas won the 2017 Austrian Grand Prix, leading from a brilliant start and remaining clear of the drama behind him all afternoon. The final laps were nail-biting for the podium positions, but the drivers behind could not quite make passes work. Though Sebastian Vettel complained the Finn must have jumped the start, the Ferrari had nothing for the Mercedes and finished second. Quietly confident in third, Daniel Ricciardo continued his summer-long points and podiums streak. Lewis Hamilton powered through tire complaints to finish fourth, with Kimi Raikkonen forcing his way through technical issues to complete the top five. Romain Grosjean finished a quiet sixth.

Max Verstappen did not finish for the fifth time in seven races, with a clutch failure on the start dropping him through the field and into contact with Fernando Alonso that spun him into a retirement. Alonso got caught by Danil Kvyat. Though the start was messy, it provided space for the Williams duo to move forward from a dismal qualifying to score points.

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