F1: Sochi Podium; Bottas (MBZAMG), Vettel (Ferrari), and Raikkonen (Ferrari)

F1: Sochi Podium; Bottas (MBZAMG), Vettel (Ferrari), and Raikkonen (Ferrari)

F1: Sochi Podium; Bottas (MBZAMG), Vettel (Ferrari), and Raikkonen (Ferrari)


Russian F1 Grand Prix 2017 Results: MercedesAMG’s Valtteri Bottas Won His 1st Formula One Race in 80 Starts

Valtteri Bottas (MercedesAMG) took home his 1st F1 win in a thrilling finish in Sochi, Russia. Mr. Bottas was pressured by Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in the final laps, but overcame it, and saw it through to the finish and the Chequered Flag, just  6/10ths sec ahead of Mr. Vettel at the finish line.

The race ended with Mr. Vettel blowing up at Brazil’s Felipe Massa for getting in the way of a potential win as he and Mr. Bottas fought it out before the final corner.

“What was that!” Mr. Vettel said as he struggled to get past the Williams driver.

As much as it seemed to bother Vettel in the moment, he did not seem too upset with it after the race.

“He (Bottas) is the man of the race today, congratulations,” he said.

It was Mr. Bottas’ 1st victory in over 80 career starts, and he was not shy to shout it out to the world. “F**k me!” he said over the team radio. “More than 80 races but worth the wait.”

4X world champion Sebastian Vettel finished 2nd ahead of Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen claiming his 1st podium finish since last year’s Austrian Grand Prix.

The popular Finn’s 1st win was warmly received by his fellow driver Lewis Hamilton, who finished 4th who hugged him after he had jumped into the arms of his crew, Mr. Vettel joining the reception, Russian President Vladimir Putin also present for congratulations and the giving of the prizes.

Dutch teenager Max Verstappen finished 5th for Red Bull ahead of Mexican Sergio Perez and his Force India team-mate Esteban Ocon, German Nico Hulkenberg of Renault and Brazilian Felipe Massa of Williams.

The result drove Mr. Vettel clear at the top of the drivers championship with 86 points ahead of Mr. Hamilton’s 73 with Bottas up to 3rd with 63 points. MercedesAMG lead the constructors title race with 136 points to Ferrari with 135 after 4 rounds of this year’s F1 championship.

The Standings
1 Sebastian Vettel GER Ferrari 86
2 Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes 73
3 Valtteri Bottas FIN Mercedes 63
4 Kimi Räikkönen FIN Ferrari 49
5 Max Verstappen NED Red Bull Racing Tag Heuer 35
6 Daniel Ricciardo AUS Red Bull Racing Tag Heuer 22
7 Sergio Perez MEX Force India Mercedes 22
8 Felipe Massa BRA Williams Mercedes 18
9 Carlos Sainz ESP Toro Rosso 11
10 Esteban Ocon FRA Force India Mercedes 9

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