Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas celebrates his win on the podium with Ferrari’s Vettel. Reuters/Dominic Ebenbichler
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Valtteri Bottas won a cliffhanger Austrian Grand Prix for Mercedes Sunday with Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel finishing a mere 0.6 of a second behind to increase his lead over Lewis Hamilton to 20 points after nine races. Hamilton, Bottas' teammate, started in eighth place after a grid penalty triggered by an unscheduled gearbox change and finished fourth.Vettel now has 171 points to Hamilton's 151 . Apart from the closing laps, with Vettel reeling in the Mercedes in a nail-biting finish and Bottas looking anxiously in his mirrors as he wrestled with blistered tires, the Finn's biggest scare came at the start.As Bottas led away, bits of bodywork went flying behind him in a three-car coming together that drew a groan from some 10,000 orange-shirted Dutch fans around the circuit as Ricciardo's teenage teammate Max Verstappen was shunted off.
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