Moscow, – Valtteri Bottas secured Sunday his first-ever Formula 1 win after a thrilling challenge with Sebastian Vettel.
Bottas got ahead of the two Ferrari drivers Vettel and Kimi Raikonnen and from then on held on to the lead, only surrendering it during pit stops to only regain it again. Vettel mounted a formidable challenge in the final laps, but Bottas held on for the win.
Lance Stroll spun his Williams after contact with Nico Hulkenberg’s Renault, while further back Haas’s Romain Grosjean made contact with Jolyon Palmer’s Renault and both retired on the spot. Out came the safety car for three laps.
Bottas resumed comfortably as soon as the track went green again, and began to open the gap to Vettel. By lap 21 it was an easy 5.3s as the pit stop window loomed, but then a combination of traffic and Vettel speeding up saw the Ferrari driver beginning to close the deficit dramatically. When Bottas made his sole stop, to switch from the ultrasoft Pirelli tyres to the supersofts, after 27 laps, it was down to 2.5s.
Going into the final lap Vettel was only seven-tenths of a second behind. But keeping his nerve and lapping Felipe Massa’s Williams and leaving the German to follow the Brazilian through the long, fast Turn 3, Bottas got the break he needed and took a crucial victory for Mercedes. (QNA)
Source: Qatar News Agency