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Race images from the 2017 Russian Grand Prix

From Russia with Love: Bottas grabs maiden F1 win

Apr 302017

Valtteri Bottas earned his first victory in Formula One with a sensational display at the 2017 Russian Grand Prix in Sochi. The Finn got off to a flying start to leapfrog Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen, and never looked back.

Valtteri hardly put a wheel wrong all race, and held his nerve to keep a hard charging Vettel at bay over the thrilling final three laps in the Russian Grand Prix. It was a great result for Valtteri, who was only racing in his fourth Grand Prix for the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport Team since joining the Silver Arrows squad in the winter from former team Williams F1.

His Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport team-mate Lewis Hamilton, who finished fourth, was quick to praise Valtteri's achievement. He said:


"Big congratulations to Valtteri; He did an exceptional job today and he really deserves it. He's been fast all weekend and he's done such a good job for the team. He's a fantastic teammate to work with and it's such an amazing feeling winning your first Grand Prix.


"For me, once I got round first couple of laps, I got stuck where I was. I don't know if I would have been able to make a difference moving forward, but I think I had the pace to stay on the back, but ultimately position was everything. I said congratulations to him; you deserve it, great job. It is great we have had success here in Russia over the years and wish I could have backed him up with some more points, but I just did the best with what I had."

Race result:
1    Valtteri Bottas    Mercedes                1h28m08.743s
2    Sebastian Vettel    Ferrari                0.617s
3    Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari                    11.000s
4    Lewis Hamilton    Mercedes            36.320s
5    Max Verstappen    Red Bull/Renault        1m00.416s
6    Sergio Perez        Force India/Mercedes        1m26.788s
7    Esteban Ocon        Force India/Mercedes        1m35.004s
8    Nico Hulkenberg    Renault                1m36.188s
9    Felipe Massa        Williams/Mercedes        +1 Lap
10    Carlos Sainz        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
-    Daniel Ricciardo    Red Bull/Renault        DNF / Brakes
-    Romain Grosjean    Haas/Ferrari            DNF / Collision
-    Fernando Alonso    McLaren/Honda            DNF / Not started
-    Jolyon Palmer        Renault                DNF / Collision