Valtteri Bottas beats Vettel in Russian GP for 1st F1 win

Valtteri Bottas beats Vettel in Russian GP for 1st F1 win

Bottas started third but beat second-placed Kimi Raikkonen off the start and slipstreamed past Vettel's Ferrari to lead at the end of the first straight.

Bottas moves into third place in the championship, 23 points behind Vettel and 10 behind Hamilton. "Lewis was one of the first to congratulate Valtteri, nevertheless they are fierce competitors and want to win races and fight for the championship".

With Bottas replacing 2016 world champion Rosberg, the Finn made his mark with his first victory in Russian Federation and Wolff believes there can be a less controversial fight between the current Mercedes drivers this year.

"To be honest so many races he was not happy for so many different reasons", said the Williams driver. "It's not important", Hamilton said of the championship situation. The double world champion did not even make it to the start of the race after he parked his auto at the entry to the pit lane on the formation lap following a failure with his Honda engine.

It was a day to forget for Hamilton and yet another one for Fernando Alonso and his red-faced McLaren team.

Palmer, who crashed out of qualifying on Saturday, was in the wall at turn two, although it looked as though Romain Grosjean was at fault.

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Werenski returned in the third period with a full facemask and a significant cut and bruise under his right eye. They have increased their production this year and are a big reason why the Penguins are winning.

The most disappointing retirement was of Fernando Alonso, failing to start the race after stopping the vehicle at the pit entry on the formation lap.

Mercedes chief Toto Wolff said Hamilton's struggles had tempered his feelings towards Valtteri Bottas's maiden success somewhat.

It was the first time in four years, since Raikkonen won with Lotus in Australia in 2013, that a Finnish driver had stood on the top step. I'm confident that we have the right people, the right tools on board and we will make progress. Later, he added: "Why is my vehicle overheating, guys?"

And although he received warm congratulations from a host of drivers - including Hamilton - after the race, he thinks the pleasantries will ultimately stop.

“The Ferrari drivers were saying well done, too. He finished 25.3 seconds behind the Finn. Hamilton was nowhere in practice and then qualified almost six tenths of a second behind pole-sitter Vettel and more than half-a-second adrift of Bottas.

After a Ferrari lockout at the start of the grid, it seemed evident that Sebastial Vettel will take another win this season in the Russian Grand Prix at Sochi. The triple world champion's auto finally cooled down in the closing stages, though he crossed the line a distant fourth, a whopping 36s down on race-winner Bottas.