Five-time Formula 1 World Driving champion Lewis Hamilton finished second Sunday in the Australian Grand Prix to Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas in the opening race of the 2019 F1 racing season.
Hamilton finished behind Bottas but ahead of Max Verstappen who drives for Red Bull. The three were the podium finishers at the end of the race held in Melbourne.
Hamilton of Great Britain started in the pole position, but Bottas, who started in second place, quickly left him in the rearview mirror.
The 33-year-old Hamilton is Formula 1’s only black driver, and he is considered the sport’s best ever. He won the World Driving Championship in 2008, 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018.
Formula 1 is the highest class of single-seater auto racing sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile and owned by the Formula One Group. The next Formula 1 race is March 19 in Bahrain. The final race will be held December 1 in Abu Dhabi. There are 21 races during the season.