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(Formula One) Valtteri Bottas Makes His First Win At The Russian Grand Prix

(Formula One) Valtteri Bottas Makes His First Win At The Russian Grand Prix

Mercedes Driver Valtteri Bottas made his first ever Formula One win at the Russian Grand Prix finishing ahead of Ferarri's Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen in the other Ferarri was third with Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton fourth and Red Bull's MaxVerstappen in fifth.

In a race, that started out with a crash between Renault's Jolyon Palmer and Haas driver Romain Grosjean in the first lab, bringing out the safety car and in the fifth lab, the Daniel Ricciardo's major brake failure, which saw him retire early from the race, Bottas made it out ahead of drivers who had better Tires than him in the last run to make his first ever Win in his 81st Race.

Sebastian Vettel now seem to nurture a grudge for Brazil's Felipe Massa, claiming he got in the way of his potential win, which he pointed out in his speech immediately after the Race

“He did cost me,” Vettel said. “First of all, he handed a very pleasant tow to Valtteri on the last lap, and I was in the DRS, which was tough enough to do.

“And then he let him by and I don’t know if he knew that there was another car coming. I don’t think, maybe.

“He could have lifted in three and let me drive around the outside so one way or the other my line into four was compromised.

 Red Bull's Ricciardo 

“Before that I had 10 laps where I was flat out trying everything I can to get into the DRS zone and chase him down. I just about succeeded with a couple of laps to go and then in the last lap I was hoping to get closer for the back straight because we were really strong in the middle sector.

“Obviously Felipe did him (Bottas) a favour twice. Once handing him a tow and then he cost me a bit of time. But that’s how it is with backmarkers.”

Reserving enough praise for the Mercedes Driver Bottas he said “Initially I was a bit angry but I think Valtteri was so much in control that he had it anyway, even if I could have used the DRS on the back straight,” he said. “He (Bottas) is the man of the race today, congratulations.”

Race Result

1. Valtteri Bottas
2. Sebastian Vettel
3. Kimi Raikkonen
4. Lewis Hamilton
5. Max Verstappen
6. Sergio Perez
7. Esteban Ocon
8. Nico Hulkenberg
9. Felipe Massa
10. Carlos Sainz
The result now moves Vettel clear at the top of the drivers championship with 86 points ahead of Hamilton on 73 with Bottas moving up to third with 63 points. Mercedes lead the constructors title race with 136 points to Ferrari on 135 after four rounds of this year’s championship.
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