Valtteri Bottas reveals the breakfast of champions, Williams are a long way back and Daniel Ricciardo can’t throw hats – SIX THINGS YOU MISSED from the 2019 Australian Grand Prix
- Unless you woke up at 5am in the UK, you will have missed the Australian GP
- Even if you did catch the opening race of 2019, you may have missed fine details
- Sportsmail is here to take a look at the things you missed from Melbourne
If you live in the UK and for some reason chose not to wake up at 5am, then you will have missed the entirety of the Australian Grand Prix.
Nevertheless, even if you did catch the opening race of the 2019 season, there will have been a few facts, quirks and moments you didn’t quite catch first time around.
Never fear, Sportsmail is here – to take a look at some of the things you missed from Melbourne…
Daniel Ricciardo can’t throw hats
Ricciardo’s first race for Renault couldn’t really have gone much worse – after a disappointing qualifying left him 12th, he lost his front wing before the first corner after catching it on the side of the track while trying to overtake.
Eventually Ricciardo retired from his home GP for the third time in his career – but not before he had already embarrassed himself while trying to throw Renault -branded caps into the home crowd.
The first attempt doesn’t make it over the perimeter fence, the second falls short of the grandstand. The third… the less said about it the better…
Williams a long, long way behind the rest
We knew Williams were struggling after their testing nightmare – but this race weekend has shown they aren’t just bad, they’re Super Aguri bad.
Both cars managed to finish the race, but by the end Robert Kubica was 87 seconds behind team mate George Russell – who himself was 22 seconds off 15th placed Antonio Giovinazzi.
As former F1 driver Giedo van der Garde observed on Twitter: ‘If I try my best I might catch Kubica with my Caterham before the end of the race.’
We knew Williams were struggling – but this race showed just how far behind they are
Norris not as good as Vandoorne?
Lando Norris was arguably the story of qualifying, reaching eighth on the grid with a superb lap.
However the race itself was less extraordinary for the 19-year-old, as he eventually finished down in 12th.
It means he has not managed what the last three McLaren rookies (Stoffel Vandoorne, Kevin Magnussen, Lewis Hamilton in 2007) all achieved – points in their maiden race.
Lando Norris could not continue a 12-year record of McLaren rookies scoring points
Breakfast of champions
Standing atop the podium after a hugely impressive victory, Valtteri Bottas revealed what fueled his superb display – porridge.
He was interviewed by ex-F1 star Mark Webber, who like everyone else was amazed that Bottas had so thoroughly outshone Lewis Hamilton.
Webber asked: ‘What the hell did you have for breakfast?!’, to which Bottas matter of factly replied: ‘I had some porridge.’
Valtteri Bottas’s victory was powered by porridge, he revealed after the race to Mark Webber
A record points haul
As well as winning the race, Bottas also earned a point for setting the fastest lap of the race, which is being awarded this season for the first time in 60 years in F1.
That meant Bottas took home a grand total of 26 points from the race – the most ever for a single driver.
This was also his first win since the last race of 2017, after he went the entirety of last season without victory.
Bottas also earned a point for setting the fastest lap of the race, to earn 26 points in total
A joint minute’s silence
The race began on a sombre note as Albert Park fell silent to remember long-serving race director Charlie Whiting, who died suddenly on Thursday aged 66.
Whiting, who had worked in F1 for more than 40 years and as race director since 1998, was a popular and respected figure in the sport.
The silence was also a mark of respect to the memories of the victims of the recent terrorist atrocity in Christchurch.
The race began on a sombre note as Albert Park fell silent to remember Charlie Whiting
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