Formula 1

Russian Grand Prix: Bottas brilliant, Ferrari firing, Hamilton humbled

Share this with
Copy
Share this article

Lewis Hamilton congratulates Valtteri Bottas in Sochi

Image credit: Reuters

ByCarrie Dunn
30/04/2017 at 16:39 | Updated 30/04/2017 at 16:56
@carriesparkle

Lewis Hamilton was left far behind his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas in Sochi as the Ferraris snaffled the other podium places.

WHERE THE RACE WAS WON

At the start. It was brilliant work from Bottas to slice through the Ferraris and take the lead after the first corner, leaving his Mercedes colleague Lewis Hamilton standing on the second row. Despite pressure from Sebastian Vettel, always closing the gap, the Finn clung on for his first ever Formula One win.

Formula 1

Lewis Hamilton wants Ferrari to do more in fight against racism

12 HOURS AGO

"It was worth the wait," he told his team over the radio, sounding satisfied with his day's work.

The Mercedes garage celebrated loudly and effusively, and though the race might not have been the most thrilling of spectacles (more on that later) his hard work and achievement were recognised by an appreciative crowd.

HAMILTON-WATCH

Two stars out of five. The Brit is not having a happy time of it. He'll have expected to be back on top, the Silver Arrows' shining star, in the absence of reigning world champion Nico Rosberg - but Valtteri Bottas put him to shame today. He did congratulate his new colleague with grace, though, which gains him extra kudos even if he didn't manage any championship points.

PIT RADIO EXCHANGE OF THE DAY

Kimi Raikkonen can't have been paying too much attention as he catapulted his way around the track in third place - he didn't seem to notice Bottas zooming past him at the start, and was confused to see the Mercedes in front of him after the pit stops.

MOVE OF THE RACE

Bottas did so well in the final two laps, holding his car together as best he could suffering from flat spots in his tyres, and as he lapped Felipe Massa's Williams he must have breathed a sigh of relief - it slowed Vettel down, put space between them, and secured his first-ever race win.

OVERTAKE OF THE RACE

Formula One often gets criticised for being boring, and this particular race didn't do much to dispel that myth following the first two laps. There was no overtaking on track after that first lap. None. Zip. Nada.

Not even Max Verstappen managed to inject any drama.

TACTICAL MASTERSTROKE

With a track like this, there's little chance for strategic brilliance. Still, the views of the Olympic parks and venues are nice.

UNSUNG HERO

Force India are doing some sterling work. They may have been mocked for the pinkness of their vehicles this year, but they're certainly sitting pretty at the moment - there's some great driving from both Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon.

FACEPALM OF THE WEEKEND

Shall we just write "McLaren" in here every race weekend, and take it as read from now on? Poor Fernando Alonso didn't even get his car as far as the race, conking out during the formation lap, and striding away from his stricken car in utter rage and disgust. At least Stoffel Vandoorne got to the chequered flag.

Mind, Red Bull didn't have a great day, with Daniel Ricciardo suffering from a brake fire early on - but Verstappen's fifth place must have made up for that a bit.

STAR-SPOTTING

Vladimir Putin is quite famous.

Formula 1

Lewis Hamilton 'over the moon' with Styrian GP win

14 HOURS AGO
Formula 1

Motor racing-Hamilton raises a fist after his first win of the season

YESTERDAY AT 18:43
Related Topics
Formula 1
Share this with
Copy
Share this article