Valtteri Bottas enjoying with his first F1 victory of his career at the Russian Grand Prix on Sunday following overtook both Ferraris at the start and then holding his spirit over the tense closing laps.
The Finn’s his first F1 career top podium scored in his 81st grand prix start. Vettel’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 also joins the title fight now he just 10 points behind his team-mate Hamilton and 14 points clear of Räikkönen.
Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff has been speaking about Valtteri’s win – “It was really great, because it was such a tense race, we had mega pace on the ultrasoft at the beginning, and then you could see when we pitted on the ultrasofts, Kimi was just faster immediately from the get go, and we knew it was going to be very tight at the end, and this is what happened.
“Credit to the guys who sorted out the problem we had on Friday, we weren’t particularly strong on the long runs, we weren’t fast enough on the single lap and we bounced back on the Sunday when it matters.
“Our starts have been really good this year, our the system has changed. Possibly P3 is the position you want to start in Sochi.
“He’s just a very kind guy and I’m very proud of him. At the end there was lots of pressure with a four time world champion behind him and the communications on the radio was all cool and bar one braking there was no mistake at all in the final laps.
“The balance between Valtteri and Lewis works very very well and that dynamic is part of the success today.
“I’m very happy about the result and we will celebrate that’s for sure. But there is also lots of lessons to be learned, how we can progress quicker, how we can get faster, why we couldn’t give Lewis the car that he needed today.
“I don’t think that 30 seconds gives the correct picture, there was nothing for him to gain there at the end. We hope for a strategy, we hoped for a safety car, that would have been the only lucky punch to get us back to P3 because Kimi’s pace was just mind blowing fast.”