Valtteri Bottas Snatches the Win in 2017 F1 Russian GP

Lance Stroll Russian GP 2017

Lance Stroll Russian GP 2017

Bottas jumped into the lead at the start, jumping ahead of the two Scuderia Ferrari drivers, and was never headed despite late pressure coming from Sebastian Vettel, but his victory ensured that the unbroken run of victories for the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team in Russian Federation continues for a fourth season.

Vettel was runner-up to increase his lead in the world championship standings from Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton, who never really threatened to rise from fourth on the grid.

Bottas overcame four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari who was expected to win the race following his impressive showing during the practices in Sochi and in the qualifying race wherein he landed the pole position.

"Amazing. It took quite a while [to get this win], more than 80 races for me, but definitely worth the wait and definitely worth the learning curve".

Kimi Raikkonen had a majestic weekend in Sochi, finishing on the podium for the first time since last year's Austrian Grand Prix before clocking the fastest lap of 1:36.844 on lap 49. "Mercedes lead the constructors" title race with 136 points to Ferrari on 135 after four rounds of this year's championship.

On Lap 5, Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo stopped the vehicle reporting a failure in the rear brakes.

"Our start was probably a match with Valtteri", said Vettel.

"But now I think I have proved that I can win as well for the team but also for myself". It doesn't matter though.

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"Firstly a big congratulations to Valtteri, he did a fantastic job and deserves the win today", Hamilton said. "This is his day". "So, we'll keep trying". Two-time champion Fernando Alonso did not even start as the Spaniard abandoned his troublesome McLaren Honda.

This delayed the start for an additional formation lap before Bottas made his exhilarating getaway.

The safety vehicle was then deployed after a collision between Renault's Jolyon Palmer and Haas's Romain Grosjean put both out, and the race settled down into a procession before the nail-biting finale.

Instead, Bottas roared past both Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen to seize the lead into the first corner in a move that decided the outcome.

Ricciardo was another early departure after just seven laps with brake problems. Yet the remainder of the race passed without any further drama, allowing Bottas to ease to victory.

Ferrari tried to jump Bottas with an aggressive strategy that saw Vettel stay out longer before completing his first pit stop in the hope his Finnish rival would hit trouble.

The Mercedes driver handed Vettel an opportunity on lap 38 with a lock up at turn 13 that allowed the German to cut the gap.