Valtteri Bottas in foul-mouthed tirade after proving doubters wrong

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Jake Michaels is a multi-sport journalist but his heart belongs truly to motorsport, particularly Formula 1.

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff says he had no idea that Valtteri Bottas had such a dominant performance up his sleeve heading into the F1 Australian Grand Prix, as the Finn bounced back from a.

It sparked criticism of his abilities, which clearly irked Bottas who let rip on the team radio after crossing the finish line in Melbourne for his first chequered flag since Abu Dhabi in 2017. His race in Melbourne, one he has hailed the best performance of his career, proves he is well and truly up for the fight.

Lewis Hamilton stormed to an incredible sixth successive Australian Grand Prix pole position to lay down an ominous marker in the defence of his world title.

And despite Stroll's early emission from qualifying, there was something to cheers about back at the Acronis Mission Control Centre in Silverstone, Perez giving himself a decent shot at points on race day.

However, it seemed Ferrari had squandered an opportunity to gain the new championship point available to anyone finishing in the top 10 who can secure the fastest lap of the race. Unfortunately, that's how it goes.

"The second lap was definitely better than the first, which is not always the case and it's always quite hard in the second lap to pull that amount of time out but the first lap I made a mistake which is quite unusual for me", said Hamilton afterward.

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'It just came, I just wanted to send my best regards, ' he said. "Because I think the engineers were keen and the drivers were keen!"

"Then afterwards I felt I was really struggling with the rear".

'There are always ups and downs, and you can really see the true support quite easily. "There is great potential in this vehicle and I'm confident we can keep improving as the year goes on". "They were able to pass the Ferrari, I think it's awesome", he said.

Bottas, conscious that he needs to deliver this year with promising Frenchman Esteban Ocon waiting in the wings as the team's reserve driver, said he learned a lot from 2018 and had taken it on board. To get to the lead and then being at the front I could show strong pace [and] pull a gap.

Binotto's first race in charge of the pit wall saw it live up to his pre-season declaration that Vettel would have priority treatment in terms of strategy. "The auto was working really well and we also look strong on the straights which is hopefully a good sign for the rest of the season".

His victory and fastest lap in Melbourne has given him the flawless start to the new season, as well as the championship lead for the first time in his career and Bottas admits it's all due to a shift in mentality.

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