We all knew the time would be coming, the one when Valtteri Bottas finally won his first career Formula One victory. That time, ended up being today, as the Finland native took the checkered flag first in Sunday’s Russian Grand Prix.
Bottas, got a great start and by Turn 2, was leading. He would never look back, giving the lead up only when he came down pit lane on the Sochi track.
When the pit sequences ended, Bottas was up front, bringing his No. 77 Mercedes to victory in just his fourth start with the team.
The Ferrari’s who earned a front row lockout for the first time since 2008, came up just behind, as Sebastian Vettel kept his strong 2017 start going with his fourth straight top two coming in runner-up on Sunday.
Kimi Raikkonen finished third in his No. 7 Ferrari.
Bottas’ teammate Lewis Hamilton had a rough weekend as he was never competitive and came home fourth in his No. 44 Mercedes.
Max Verstappen rounded out the top five in his No. 33 Red Bull Racing entry.
The race saw some mishaps from the get go. Fernando Alonso lost power on his No. 14 McLaren-Honda before the race even started and wouldn’t even complete one lap.
On the actual start, rookie Lance Stroll and Nico Hulkenberg made contact, causing both to spin. The, further back on the grid, Jolyon Palmer and Roman Grosjean crashed ended the days for both of them.
By virtue of his second place finish, and Hamilton’s fourth, Vettel extended his points lead over the England native by 13 points, 86 to 73. Bottas, is now in third 23 points back while Raikkonen is fourth 37 markers behind his German teammate.
In the constructors, Mercedes leads Ferrari by one slim points, 136 to 135.
Next up is the Spanish Grand Prix in two weeks.
Russian Grand Prix Results:
- 77 Bottas
- 5 Vettel
- 7 Raikkonen
- 44 Hamilton
- 33 Verstappen
- 11 Perez
- 31 Ocon
- 27 Hulkenberg
- 19 Massa -1
- 55 Sainz -1
- 18 Stroll -1
- 26 Kvyat -1
- 20 Magnussen -1
- 2 Vandoorne -1
- 9 Ericsson -1
- 94 Wehrlein -2
- 3 Ricciardo OUT
- 30 Palmer OUT
- 8 Grosjean OUT
- 14 Alonso OUT