Sunday, 30 April 2017

Valtteri Bottas wins Russian Grand Prix as Lewis Hamilton struggles


 

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas secured his maiden Formula 1 victory by holding off a late charge from Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel in the Russian Grand Prix.

 
Bottas jumped Vettel and team-mate Kimi Raikkonen at the start from his third position on the grid and dominated until the closing stages, when Vettel used a late pit stop to close up and pressure the Finn.


The four-time champion got to within a second and a half of Bottas with 10 laps to go but the Finn responded and kept Vettel at arm's length for the rest of the race.
Bottas' team-mate Lewis Hamilton capped a difficult weekend with a race to forget and finished only fourth behind Raikkonen.




The top three drivers stand on the podium adjacent to Putin as they observe the Finnish and German national anthems following Bottas's win for Mercedes 




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