What a performance from Bottas indeed. That was honestly just perfect now, the start and the dominance throughout the race. That radio conversation about the extra point, the desire to have it. It must be the beard working its magic. But yeah, Hamilton was like 22 secs behind in the end, you don't see that everyday. Man I hope that this season would be more even between the Mercedes drivers. Like 2016 with Rosberg.
Ferrari seemed slower than many had perhaps anticipated. Verstappen made it look easy compared to them, Red Bull was flying in his hands. Leclerc rose quickly towards the end, gaining on Vettel, but it seemed like they froze the situation at that point when he was a second away from the German. Things might have been a bit more unexpected in more than one way on Ferrari's wall today.
Kimi had a decent/solid race, got that P8 which seemed reasonable. Really crowded around P10 there, 5-6 cars very close to each others. The situation with Haas and Grosjean was pretty unbelievable, again the same thing with the pit stop and one of the tires. Rough as hell. McLaren's engine failure was also a terrible way to start the season. And Ricciardo's start on Renault ended up being a disaster literally after the first 50 metres or so.