F1 round-up: Bottas claims Russian GP for his first ever win


Vettel rejoined just under five seconds behind the Mercedes and immediately began to eat into the gap. It's going to be a long year with a lot of fighting with all these cars. At some point things might get a bit more tricky and tight.

Mercedes have won 53 of the last 63 Formula One races, since the start of the V6 turbo hybrid era, but the team could still revel in the new arrival experiencing what will surely be the first of many victories. It will involve the teams introducing upgrades to their cars. The subsequent win gives him further impetus to achieve more, he believes. "But to get confirmation, to get that first result, that matters". In his fifth Formula One season, Bottas now has a auto capable of fighting for regular wins and hopes Sunday will prove "the first of many". "I'm just trying to get everything right and get every lap, every corner ideal". It's not that simple this year. Whether it was a tire specific issue or setup we need to find out. He was seen struggling with his vehicle throughout the race.

The two battled for the title three-time - with Hamilton winning in 2014 and 2015, while Rosberg came out on top in 2016. "This weekend was not reliability" he said.

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So far Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen have been unable to properly challenge Ferrari and Mercedes for leading positions in 2017, with Verstappen's third place in China Red Bull's only podium of the year.

His problems were exacerbated by Bottas, who had tuned in his auto over the weekend to perfection. Hamilton, who also bemoaned an overheating engine in a number of fractious radio messages with his Mercedes team, limped home a bruising 36 seconds behind Bottas. I'm confident that we have the right people, the right tools on board and we will make progress.

"From a gut feeling now, we have a lot of work in front of us to make our auto a sustainable victor and us again for the championship".

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However, despite the bullish talk from Bottas, team boss Toto Wolff remains confident the two drivers, whom he has described as having no baggage with each other, will remain friendly.

"Lewis had to manage temperatures from very early on, which meant he couldn't unlock the potential of the undercut around the stops", said Wolff.

Valtteri Bottas put in an inspiring performance to win his maiden F1 race after 82 attempts.

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