A strong weekend for Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas as he capped up fighting from P19 and crossing the line in P4 with many overtakes before being granted P3 after a time penalty for Perez.
Lap 26 of 53 was clashed by Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull Racing's Max Verstappen, when Verstappen tried to overtake through turn 2 which put both cars into gravel and Red Bull springed into the air and settled on the Mercedes, forced both drivers to retire allowed the Flying Finn to secure 18-points for the constructors which now puts Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team at 362.6 points and Red Bull at 344.5 points.
Post-race, Bottas comments, "I told the Team that I was going to be on the Podium today so I am glad we did. A great recovery from me, I don’t think I’ve made up that many places in a race in my career. Starting from the back is never easy, and in the end, I am glad we got more points than Red Bull today, especially considering where we were before the race. It was enjoyable out there, some good overtakes and some good racing. The battle with Perez was a good one and I am very happy with my result. Probably one of my better weekends with Mercedes, I think I was strong all weekend so that is very satisfying. Obviously, it is a shame about the crash with Lewis and Max - we lost some important points there. I haven’t really seen the incident properly yet but I am glad to hear he is ok. Now we need to look ahead and I hope to carry this momentum into Russia, a track where I’ve done well in the past."