Valtteri Bottas made essentially the most of his Mercedes crew mate Lewis Hamilton’s penalty to win the 2020 Russian GP. Max Verstappen completed 7.729 secs adrift in 2nd place. Meanwhile, Hamilton was denied the possibility to equal Michael Schumacher’s document for essentially the most wins in F1, and had to accept 3rd place.
- Bottas wins Russian GP, 7.729 secs forward of Verstappen
- Hamilton recovers from two penalties to end 3rd
Lewis Hamilton’s Russian GP penalty
Hamilton was the person to beat at Sochi. But issues went awry for the British driver earlier than the race even began, with the stewards investigating him for making his observe begin outdoors the designated space.
The Sochi circuit’s format at all times makes for attention-grabbing begins, with the long term to the primary nook offering loads of alternatives for overtaking. Starting from 3rd on the grid, Bottas caught a very good slipstream, shortly handed Verstappen and seemed set to go Hamilton. However, he couldn’t make the transfer stick on the first braking zone and Hamilton held on to the race lead. Speaking after the race, Bottas revealed that he was distracted when an insect hit his visor.
The security automobile was briefly introduced out after Carlos Sainz and Lance Stroll crashed out on the opening lap. But Hamilton loved a powerful re-start and appeared to be within the excellent place to take yet one more dominant race win. However, he was slapped with two separate 5 sec penalties for his observe begin infringements and this spelled the top of his victory bid.
Hamilton pitted on lap 17 to serve each his penalties collectively and dropped all the way in which down to 11th place as outcome. The early pit cease additionally meant that he had to spend a good portion of the race managing his tyres, and he might solely recuperate to end 3rd.
Bottas wins Russian GP
Bottas held a agency grip on the race lead thereafter and went on to take an unchallenged victory on the Russian GP – the identical venue the place he scored his maiden F1 win in 2017.
The win couldn’t have come at a greater time for the Finnish driver. His final win got here on the 2020 F1 season-opening Austrian GP, and after the Tuscan GP he had candidly expressed his frustration at repeatedly dropping out to Hamilton.
“For sure, it’s nice to get a win again, it’s been a while and yeah, definitely good,” mentioned Bottas.
“I would like to attempt to maintain the momentum once more to squeeze a little bit of factors in opposition to Lewis. It’s nonetheless fairly a couple of races to go – it’s simply by no means sufficient. I’ll maintain pushing and by no means quit and we’ll see the way it finally ends up.”
After struggling two back-to-back retirements in Italy, Verstappen’s 2nd place end gave the Red Bull Racing driver loads of motive to rejoice as nicely.
Ricciardo finishes 5th after penalty
Racing Point’s Sergio Perez secured a powerful 4th place outcome after what was a comparatively quiet race for the Mexican. Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo was given a 5 secs penalty for not operating by way of the bollards after going off the monitor at Turn 2. After being knowledgeable concerning the penalty, the Australian hit again with a easy “OK, I’ll drive faster”. He made good on that promise and ended up ending 5th.
Charles Leclerc took 6th place for Ferrari, forward of Renault’ s Esteban Ocon and AlphaTauri’s Daniil Kvyat.
Pierre Gasly made essentially the most of his late cease and used the recent rubber to combat his means up to 9th place. After beginning down in 15th place following a gearbox change, Alexander Albon might solely handle a 10th place end for Red Bull Racing.
F1 2020 drivers’ championship standings
Having secured his second win of the season, Bottas has closed the hole to his crew mate by a margin. But Hamilton nonetheless leads the 2020 F1 champion by a wholesome 44 factors.
Max Verstappen holds on to 3rd place total, 33 factors forward of Bottas.
After one other two-week break, F1 will head to the Nurburgring for the 2020 Eifel GP on October 9-11. The final time an F1 race was held on the venue was all the way in which again in 2013 and the forecasted chilly temperatures ought to undoubtedly make issues attention-grabbing.
2020 Russian GP outcomes
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