Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas withstood sustained late-race pressure from Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel to take his first Formula One victory after rising from third on the grid to take the lead at the race start. When the lights went out at the start, Bottas pounced, with the Finn getting a tow on the long run to the first corner to power around the outside of Räikkönen and Vettel to claim the lead. Through the first stint, Bottas built a slim advantage but after the drivers’ single stop for supersoft tyres Vettel began to close in and over the final 10 laps exerted heavy pressure on the Mercedes drivers, narrowing a five-second gap to less than a single second by the final two laps. Bottas held on though to take his maiden grand prix win ahead of Vettel and Räikkönen. Defending champion Lewis Hamilton was fourth.
“It took quite a while, more than 80 races but it was worth the wait, worth the learning curve,” said Bottas. “This strange opportunity came to me during the winter to join Mercedes AMG and I really want to thank them. Without them this would not have been possible.”
ettel’s second place means the German heads to the next round in Spain with a 13-point lead in the drivers’ standings over Hamilton who finished fourth behind Räikkönen. Vettel now has 86 points to Hamilton’s 73. Bottas’s first win leaves him third in the standings on 63 points, 14 clear of Räikkönen. In the Constructors’ standings, the win and fourth place for Mercedes puts them at the head of the title race, though the defending champions have just a single point in hand over Ferrari.
2017 Russian Grand Prix , Sochi 53 laps, 304.356km., Weather: Sunny. CLASSIFIED: P. DRIVER TEAM TIME/GAP 1. Valtteri Bottas Mercedes AMG 1h28:08.743 2. Sebastian Vettel Ferrari + 0.617 3. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari + 11.000 4. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes AMG + 36.320 5. Max Verstappen Red Bull + 1:00.320 6. Sergio Perez Force India + 1:26.788 7. Esteban Ocon Force India + 1:35.004 8. Nico Hulkenberg Renault + 1:36.188 9. Felipe Massa Williams + 1 Lap 10. Carlos Sainz JR. Toro Rosso + 1 Lap 11. Lance Stroll Williams + 1 Lap 12. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso + 1 Lap 13. Kevin Magnussen Хас + 1 Lap 14. Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren + 1 Lap 15. Marcus Ericsson Sauber + 1 Lap 16. Pascal Wehrlein Sauber + 2 Laps 2014 L.Hamilton - Mercedes AMG - 1ч51:43.021 2015 L.Hamilton - Mercedes AMG - 1ч37:11.024 2016 N.Rosberg - Mercedes AMG - 1ч32:41.997 2017 V.Bottas - Mercedes AMG - 1ч28:08.743 Fastest Lap: Kimi Raikkonen - 1:36.844 NOT CLASSIFIED: Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Jolyon Palmer Renault Romain Grosjean Haas Fernando Alonso McLaren AFTER 4 RAVES: DRIVERS: CONSTRUCTORS: 1. Sebastian Vettel 86 Mercedes AMG 136 2. Lewis Hamilton 73 Ferrari 135 3. Valtteri Bottas 63 Red Bull 57 4. Kimi Raikkonen 49 Force India 31 5. Max Verstappen 35 Williams 18 6. Daniel Ricciardo 22 Toro Rosso 13 7. Sergio Perez 22 Haas 8 8. Felipe Massa 18 Renault 6 9. Carlos Sainz JR. 11 10. Esteban Ocon 9 11. Nico Hulkenberg 4 12. Kevin Magnussen 4 13. Romain Grosjean 4 12. Daniil Kvyat 2