Valtteri Bottas finished a year of drought with an overwhelming victory in Turkey on Sunday, and unfortunate Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton finished fifth and lost to Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in the F1 Championship. rice field.
Verstappen, 24, finished second in Wet Istanbul Park, 14.584 seconds behind Finn, overturning a two-point deficit to Hamilton and clearing six points in the remaining six races.
Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez finished third, while Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc was fourth ahead of seven-time world champion Hamilton, who started in 11th due to an engine penalty.
“It’s been a while, but it feels good. From my point of view, it’s probably one of the best races I’ve ever had,” said Bottas, who won pole position and wasn’t threatened.
“Everything was in control, except for that one little slide.”
This victory was Finland’s first victory since Russia last September.
Starting from the front row, Verstappen said he had a quiet race and tire management was everything.