Valtteri Bottas took his maiden Formula One victory today after jumping the two Ferraris off the start, then edging out Sebastian Vettel in a nail-biting, race-long battle
Bottas claimed the victory in a total race time of one hour 28 minutes 08.743 seconds.
Vettel was the runner-up 0.617 behind, while Ferrari teammate Raikkonen completed the podium placers 11.000s back.
Today’s result marks the 400th podium finish for Mercedes-Benz Power in Formula One.
Vettel continues to lead the drivers’ championship standings ahead of Hamilton, Bottas and Raikkonen.
Following his historic win, Bottas commented:
“It’s going to take a while to sink in. Normally I’m not that emotional but hearing the Finnish national anthem was very special for me.
“It’s all a bit surreal, the first win and hopefully the first of many. It was definitely one of my best races ever.
“The pressure from Sebastian wasn’t too bad; the main issue was with the lapped cars, trying to get past those. It was tricky to pass them without losing time. I also had a lockup with about 15 laps to go that hurt the pace, but it was manageable.
“I asked for a bit of radio silence just to get on it and focus. I’m sure this victory will give me lots of confidence going forward. I knew I could do these results, I always trusted my ability, but this result confirms it.”
|1||Valtteri Bottas||Mercedes||1hr 28m 08.743s|
|5||Max Verstappen||Red Bull-TAG Heuer||60.416|
|6||Sergio Perez||Force India-Mercedes||86.788|
|7||Esteban Ocon||Force India-Mercedes||95.004|
|9||Felipe Massa||Williams-Mercedes||1 lap|
|10||Carlos Sainz Jnr||Toro Rosso-Renault||1 lap|
|11||Lance Stroll||Williams-Mercedes||1 lap|
|12||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso-Renault||1 lap|
|13||Kevin Magnussen||Haas-Ferrari||1 lap|
|14||Stoffel Vandoorne||McLaren-Honda||1 lap|
|15||Marcus Ericsson||Sauber-Ferrari||1 lap|
|16||Pascal Wehrlein||Sauber-Ferrari||2 laps|