The 2019 F1 season came to an end in Melbourne with Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas bagging the win with 26 points. Bottas finished the race with a lead of 26 seconds. He also won extra points for the fastest lap. This puts Lewis Hamilton in 2nd position with 18 points closely followed by Max Verstappen with 15 points.
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Ferrari was seen struggling a bit with Sebastian Vettel finishing fourth. The fifth position also went to team Ferrari with Charles Lecrec in the driver’s seat. Haas’ Kevin Magnussen headed off a hugely competitive and closely fought midfield in the sixth, ahead of the Renault of Nico Hulkenberg and the Alfa Romeo of Kimi Raikkonen in the eighth.
The race for the bonus point
Under new rules for 2019 f1, the fastest lap gets a bonus point. Toto Wolff of Mercedes made it clear to his team drivers not to risk losing podium finish by attempting for the fastest lap. However, Bottas ended up getting the bonus point anyways. He was quoted saying, “I believe that it’s taking risks. Especially when you’re aiming for the big points, should you go for the fastest lap?”
Hamilton, on the other hand, was disappointed with his performance. It was later found that his car also suffered floor damage. “Ultimately I didn’t do a good enough job,” he said, “Once we got through the first corner, it was pretty much done and dusted, so it was about bringing the car home and bagging the points really. Naturally, I had to pit a lot earlier, so I had a long, long stint, so I just drove super, super under par to try and make sure I had tires left at the end of the race.”
Next on the Agenda
The teams will now head back to Europe to debrief. The next race is in Sakhir, Bahrain GP. The conditions there will be drastically different from Melbourne with high temps and abrasive track.