Valtteri Bottas took his maiden Formula One victory today after jumping the two Ferraris off the start, then battling out with Sebastian Vettel in the Ferrari until the end. This gave Mercedes the lead, followed by the two Ferraris and Lewis Hamilton coming in fourth in the other Mercedes. The start of the race was amazing as Valtteri Bottas who started behind the Ferraris managed to surge forward and finally find himself in front of the two Ferraris by the time they reached the first corner.
“It’s difficult to explain the feeling – it’s a little bit surreal,” said Valtteri. “It is the first one, and all the work that has gone into achieving this is amazing. Now I have my first, hopefully, t 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. I never doubted my skills, but it gives me a lot of confidence, so I’m only expecting better races from here. I’m just keen to prove more in the next few races.”
The race puts Sebastian Vettel in first place with 86pt in the Drivers’ Championship with Hamilton in second place with 73pt. Valtteri is now in third place with 63pt and Kimi Raikkonen in fourth with 49pt. Mercedes is leading the Constructors Championship over Ferrari by just a single point.
Here are the overall race results.
|5||33||RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER||52||+60.416s||10|
|6||11||FORCE INDIA MERCEDES||52||+86.788s||8|
|7||31||FORCE INDIA MERCEDES||52||+95.004s||6|
|9||19||WILLIAMS MERCEDES||51||+1 lap||2|
|10||55||TORO ROSSO||51||+1 lap||1|
|11||18||WILLIAMS MERCEDES||51||+1 lap||0|
|12||26||TORO ROSSO||51||+1 lap||0|
|13||20||HAAS FERRARI||51||+1 lap||0|
|14||2||MCLAREN HONDA||51||+1 lap||0|
|15||9||SAUBER FERRARI||51||+1 lap||0|
|16||94||SAUBER FERRARI||50||+2 laps||0|
|NC||3||RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER||5||DNF||0|