The Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas won the fourth in the history of the Grand Prix of Russia Formula 1, won his first career victory.
The race distance was reduced from 53 to 52 laps due to the additional warm up lap connected with stop on the track Fernando Alonso.
A long main straight of the Sochi Autodrom promised an interesting start, and these expectations were met. Valtteri Bottas, which is qualified third, ahead of Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen led the peloton, while his team mate Lewis Hamilton was fourth.
Behind in the second turn collided Romain Grosjean and Jolyon Palmer, and lance Stroll deployed. As a result, the track appeared machine security.
It would seem that at the restart of the racers Ferrari will be able to fight back, but it was not there. Bottas not just without difficulty kept the lead, but began to build the lead and the tenth circle have created a backlog of three seconds.
The Vettel on the same pulled away from Raikkonen and Hamilton, complaining of engine overheating, in splendid isolation went fourth, while fifth place went to Max Verstappen.
Alas, for the third time in four races one of the racers Red Bull Racing was forced to withdraw due to technical problems. After gathering Verstappen in Bahrain two weeks ago it was the turn of Daniel ricciardo parked his car in the pits on the sixth lap.
By the beginning of the first and only wave of pit stops on the 28-lap, Bottas has lost almost half his benefits – with nearly five seconds to two and a half, including in traffic. Of the leaders it was a Finn stopped the first after two laps in the pits went, Raikkonen, and Vettel tried to delay the moment of change of tires. But the situation that occurred at the beginning of the season in Melbourne, not repeated. Bottas escaped serious hit in traffic on fresh tyres showed a few in a row the best circles.
Only 35-lap Sebastian still stood and, of course, returned to the track second, and with a delay of 4.7 seconds.
But the battle for the victory on this was not finished. After the pit stop the championship leader was clearly faster Bottas, besides Finn blocked the tires on braking and “quadratic” front left wheel.
For ten laps before the finish the gap between the two leaders has shrunk to less than two seconds, the last two of Vettel close to the distance of the attack. On the final lap the two leaders went with a gap of 0.7 seconds, but the real opportunity to attack Sebastian has not received, and Valtteri at the end showed remarkable resilience and did not allow not a single error.
So they finished with a gap of 0.6 seconds. Bottas claimed his first victory in Formula 1 in his 82nd Grand Prix, but Vettel did the most important thing for myself – strengthened leadership in the championship.
Raikkonen crossed the finish line third with an advantage of 10 seconds over Hamilton, which nothing could oppose rivals for the first time since last year’s stage in Baku [unless you count the gathering in Malaysia] being outside the top 3. Even partner Bottas, the Briton lost more than 20 seconds.
Verstappen finished in a lonely fifth place, 24 seconds behind Hamilton and ahead by 26 seconds suddenly became the sixth, Sergio Perez. Moreover, the second driver Force India Esteban Windows finished the race seventh, the fourth time out of four in the season-2017 typing points.
Rounded out the top 10 at the finish Nico Hulkenberg brought the next points Renault, Felipe Massa and Carlos Sainz.
Daniil Kvyat started and finished 12th. the Pilot Toro Rosso had a fairly quiet race and lost four seconds to the nearest rival, which turned out to be lance Stroll, finally reach the finish line in the Grand Prix of Formula 1.
Only the checkered flag saw 16 riders. The last two places were taken by teammates at Sauber Marcus Ericsson and Pascal Wehrlein.
At the first European stage of the season-2017 in Barcelona, which will be held in two weeks, Vettel will arrive with a separation in 13 points from Hamilton and 23 from Bottas. In fourth place, Raikkonen, who plays the team’s 37 points. Verstappen fifth behind 14 points from Kimi himself.
In the constructors ‘ championship, Mercedes and Ferrari are separated by only one point – 136 to 135.
|5.||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||+1.00,744|
|6.||Sergio Perez||Force India||+1.26,904|
|7.||Esteban Windows||Force India||+1.35,007|
|9.||Felipe Massa||Williams||Range -1|
|10.||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso||Range -1|
|11.||Lance Stroll||Williams||Range -1|
|12.||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso||Range -1|
|13.||Kevin Magnussen||Haas||Range -1|
|14.||Stoffel Vandorn||McLaren||Range -1|
|15.||Marcus Ericsson||Sauber||Range -1|
|16.||Pascal Wehrlein||Sauber||-2 circle|
|Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull||5 laps|
|Fernando Alonso||McLaren||0 laps|
|Jolyon Palmer||Renault||0 laps|
|Romain Grosjean||Haas||0 laps|
|5.||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||35|
|6.||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull||22|
|7.||Sergio Perez||Force India||22|
|9.||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso||11|
|10.||Esteban Windows||Force India||9|
|14.||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso||2|
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