Bottas fought off stiff competition from Vettel to lead from start to finish at the Red Bull Ring, claiming just the second Grand Prix triumph of his career.

There was also a battle going on between third and fourth, where Daniel Ricciardo was able to hold off Lewis Hamilton to complete the podium as the Brit lost more ground on Vettel in the Drivers’ Championship.

Vettel now leads Hamilton – who began the race in eighth – at the top of the championship by 20 points, while his Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen crossed the line in fifth.

Max Verstappen and Fernando Alonso crashed out in a dramatic first lap which also saw Vettel accuse Bottas of a jump start, although the Finn was later cleared by stewards.

Austrian Grand Prix results:

1. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes )

2. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)

3. Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull)

4. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

5. Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari)

6. Romain Grosjean ( Haas)

7. Sergio Perez (Force India )

8. Esteban Ocon (Force India)

9. Felipe Massa (Williams)

10. Lance Stroll (Williams)

11. Jolyon Palmer (Renault )

12. Stoffel Vandoorne ( McLaren)

13. Nico Hulkenberg (Renault)

14. Pascal Wehrlein ( Sauber )

15. Marcus Ericsson (Sauber)

16. Daniil Kvyat ( Toro Rosso )

DNF Carlos Sainz (Toro Rosso)

DNF Kevin Magnussen (Haas)

DNF Fernando Alonso (McLaren)

DNF Max Verstappen (Red Bull)