In his 81st Formula 1 Grand Prix, Finn Valtteri Bottas achieved something that not many drivers have achieved in the Maxima: win. The victory came after winning with his Mercedes in the Russian Grand Prix, the fourth date of the season and his fourth as a driver for the German team.
“It took more than 80 Grands Prix to celebrate my first victory, but it was worth it,” said the Mercedes driver after collecting the winner's trophy. "Without the team it would not have been possible," added the Nordic, who made a brilliant start by beating the Ferraris of the German Sebastien Vettel and the Finnish Kimi Raikkonen.
"Normally starting from the second row is not bad, but this time I was able to do better than these guys," he said in reference to the Scuderia drivers.
Bottas, who with 63 points is third in the tournament behind Vettel (86) and his teammate, Briton Lewis Hamilton (73), expressed his intention to win the title. "That is the only goal of my career and I will push to achieve it," he added defiantly.
RACE (52 laps)
1. Valtteri Bottas (FIN / Mercedes), 1h28m08s743
2. Sebastian Vettel (ALE / Ferrari) at 11s000
3. Kimi Räikkönen (FIN / Ferrari) at 2s604
4. Lewis Hamilton (GBR / Mercedes) at 36s230
5. Max Verstappen (HOL / Red Bull) at 1m00s416
6. Sergio Pérez (MEX / Force India) at 1m26s788
7. Esteban Ocon (FRA / Force India) at 1m35s004
8. Nico Hülkenberg (ALE / Renault) at 1m36s188
9. Felipe Massa (BRA / Williams) 1 round.
10. Carlos Sainz Jr. (ESP / Toro Rosso) 1 round.
AVERAGE: 206,859 km / h. LAP RECORD: Räikkönen (49th) in 1m36s844 at 217,388 km / h. CHAMPIONSHIP: 1) Vettel, 86 points; 2) Hamilton, 73; 3) Bottas, 63; 4) Räikkönen, 49; 5) Vertappen, 35; 6) Ricciardo, 22; 7) Pérez, 22; 8) Massa, 18; 9) Sainz, 11; 10) Ocon, 9. NEXT DATE: 14/5 Spanish GP.
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