Valtteri Bottas says Australia win his best 2019 moment

06-01-2020 08:14
by Adam Newton
F1 News
Valtteri Bottas says Australia win his best 2019 moment

Valtteri Bottas has described the season opening Australian Grand Prix as his best moment of 2019 as he returned to form following a pretty horrible 2018. Bottas failed to win a race in his second year at Mercedes, but bounced back to take a superb win at Albert Park.

The Finn qualified second, but got a better start than teammate Lewis Hamilton and raced away for a dominant victory, taking the championship lead for the first time in his career.

He would add three further race wins to his trophy cabinet but could not prevent Hamiton taking a sixth title, but he is still happy with that result in Melbourne.

According to, Bottas said when asked for his best race: "I will say in Australia for the first race of the year. That was after I had a difficult season a year earlier, and a win in the first race was exactly what I needed. 

"It was what I needed for my confidence and mindset. So it was a good time and definitely my highlight of the season."

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