Bottas takes his first F1 victory with Russian win

The former Williams man claimed his maiden Formula One victory last weekend after taking the chequered flag at the Russian Grand Prix and he is eyeing further success this term.

The Prancing Horse has set itself up very well for a great result in the Russian Formula 1 this weekend at the Sochi Autodrom.

Bottas started third but beat second-placed Kimi Raikkonen off the start and slipstreamed past Vettel's Ferrari to lead at the end of the first straight.

The Finn looked on course for a straightforward win until a rare slip saw him damage a tire.

After his first stop, Ferrari informed him of his delay on Valtteri Bottas. Ferrari then called Raikkonen in on the 29th lap before pitting Vettel from the lead on the 33rd.

'It took quite a while to win - more than 80 races for me - but it was definitely worth the wait and worth the learning curve.

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Last year's champion, Nico Rosberg, raced as a German but is the son of 1982 champion Keke.

"This unusual opportunity came to me in the winter to join the team and they made it possible, so I want to thank them".

"But, I don't know what happened. He was a driver that showed he is at this level in the right way", Massa said. Bottas is third, 10 points further back.

It was a lonely race for Hamilton, who had large gaps with Raikkonen ahead and Max Verstappen behind.

"Why is my auto overheating?" he asked at one point. "We're out of the race now", Hamilton told his team on lap 16. Nevertheless, both are fierce competitors and want to win races and fight for a championship but I don't think it will affect the team and the dynamic like it did with Nico.

Lewis Hamilton congratulated the Valtteri Bottas after the finish.

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A dejected Lewis Hamilton admitted on Sunday night that he needs to rediscover his speed after an abject display in Russian Federation saw him fall further behind rival Sebastian Vettel in the championship race.

It was a not-so-happy Vettel who took second, ranting over the radio about Massa holding him up.

For now, Ferrari and Mercedes each has two wins this season.

Red Bull too is expected to force its way into the picture when it introduces an updated auto at Barcelona, and Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen will get onto the competitive mix it it works. Also retiring early from the race was Red Bull Racing's Daniel Ricciardo, who had to deal with a brake failure.

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.

By lap 42 of the 52 trips around the 5.848-kilometre circuit, Bottas' lead was down to 1.1 seconds but Vettel was subsequently held up by backmarkers to ease the pressure.

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Four cars failed to even make it lap seven.

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