Bottas’ brilliance denied Max Verstappen a victory and increased his driver position.
The Finn fought hard to finish first after getting a good start in the opening lap at the Turkish Grand Prix.
With damp, wet conditions and crazy cool track temperatures, Valtteri maintained his pace on intermediate tyres in Istanbul.
While speaking to Formula 1, he expressed his thoughts on the recent race.
“Today was probably one of the best races I’ve had ever – apart from that one little slide, everything was under control. The car has been fantastic in every possible condition this weekend and I had great confidence with it. It’s not easy to choose the strategy here with these conditions – when to stop, which tyre to choose – but I’m glad everything went smoothly for me. When there’s only one drying line it doesn’t take much for you to go off, you need maximum focus all through the race and so today feels like a well-earned victory. My first win of the year too which feels great and I was happy to bring it home. It also took points off Red Bull so great for me and the team.” – Valtteri Bottas
The Mercedes driver dug deep to level up this time around through the drizzle and mist. In FP1, he finished P4. For FP2, Bottas advanced to P3. During FP3, a struggle left him in P9. For Qualifying, Valtteri inherited pole because of Hamilton‘s grid penalty.
The 32-year old has shown real resilience. Although many questioned him over the past year, he finally proved himself. Valtteri even got the fastest lap with a time of 1:30:432 averaging 212 km/h.
Toto Wolff, Mercedes team principal praised his performance.
“Absolute dominance from Valtteri today, a 10/10 drive from the get-go from him. He had the race under complete control, not only with his pace but his management of the tyres was fantastic. Well done Valtteri, a very strong weekend.” – Toto Wolff
The Nastola native has now entered 172 Grands Prix, achieved 65 podiums, and amassed 1,689 points. His previous victories included three in 2017, four in 2019, and two in 2020. This was his 10th career win.
In the driver standings, Bottas is third with 177 points. Mercedes maintain their lead with 433.5 points in the constructor standings. Let’s look ahead to see what may happen at the Austin Grand Prix. 12 days away!
Headline Image Credit: Mercedes.
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