Bottas beats Vettel for 1st F1 win in Russian Federation

Posted May 08, 2017

The duo delivered an enthralling race after Bottas took the lead on the first lap.In a spectacular opening lap, Mercedes pilot Valtteri Bottas got off to the flawless start to take an immediate lead.

Hamilton was unable to challenge Bottas or the Ferraris in Sunday's Russian Grand Prix as he struggled with overheating, but Wolff believes a combination of factors added up to the difference between the two Mercedes drivers.

Valtteri Bottas emerged victorious in the 2017 Formula One Russian Grand Prix.

"Now I have my first, hopefully it is the first of many in F1 now that I know how to do it - I think today I proved I can win to the team and also myself".

Three-time world champion Lewis Hamilton sadly fell in the fourth place, failing to overtake the veteran and 2007 champion Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari.

The Finn looked on course for a straightforward win until a rare slip saw him damage a tire. "It's going to be a fight with four different drivers", Bottas said. Kimi Raikkonen finished in third.

"It took more than 80 races but it was worth it, well worth the learning curve", Bottas said.

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"The unusual opportunity to join this team came in the winter and they made it possible so thanks to them".

As he took the chequered flag, he swore and whooped in a rare emotional outburst for a man who had earlier told his race engineer to be quiet so that he could concentrate fully on the job in hand. Despite having his advantage significantly cut by Vettel in the final laps, Bottas insists he did not feel overwhelmed by the extreme pressure.

Sebastian Vettel conceded the day belonged to Valtteri Bottas at the Russian Grand Prix despite his clear frustration at being held up by Felipe Massa in the closing stages. "He was a driver that showed he is at this level in the right way", Massa said. Big congratulations to Valtteri. Bottas is in third with 63 points. Later, he added: "Why is my auto overheating, guys?"

"We need to understand where the speed was this weekend, what went wrong with the set-up and come back fighting for the next race".

Bottas' Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton, who qualified fourth, challenged Raikkonen on the way to Turn 1 but was forced to slot in behind him as the field ran through turns 2 and 3.

Before the race, Bottas had faced questions over whether Mercedes would order him to let Hamilton through in order to boost the British driver's title chances against Vettel.