Valtteri Bottas wins Russian GP after Lewis Hamilton is handed 10-second penalty

Hamilton was penalized for carrying out practice starts off exterior his designated place as he remaining the pits.

Bottas, who began third in Sochi, moved into next posture on the opening lap and led following Hamilton served his penalties just after pitting on the 17th lap.

The Finnish driver finished just below 8 seconds obvious of Max Verstappen in second although Hamilton fought back again to end in third.

And whilst he shut the hole with his Mercedes teammate Hamilton at the major of the 2020 driver’s championship to 44 factors, Bottas’ commence to the race was afflicted by the wildlife of the location.

“The begin was going to be the initially chance — really it was a little bit compromised mainly because there was a massive bee, or some thing, that hit my visor, so I could not actually see exactly where I really should brake, so that’s why I went much too deep,” he mentioned later on.

“I understood it was likely to be a very long race. That, and with the medium tire I had, with the possibilities — Lewis experienced the penalties — so at the time I was in clean air, I felt the speed was quite wonderful and I could really manage every little thing.

“I was not anxious (about Verstappen) for the reason that I realized how a lot of possibilities there would be. Under no circumstances give up, it is been a fantastic day.”

Bottas celebrates after winning the Russian GP.

‘It’s carried out now’

Possessing claimed the history-extending 96th pole place of his occupation, the race was established up for Hamilton to attempt to claim his 91st F1 earn and equivalent Michael Schumacher’s report of job victories.

But soon soon after the opening lap — in which both equally Carlos Sainz and Lance Stroll crashed out in individual incidents — it was introduced that Hamilton had been handed two five-2nd penalties for practice start out infringements and would be enforced on the up coming pit quit.

Immediately after going in opposition to crew guidelines telling him to pit, the British driver eventually altered his tires and served his cumulative 10-second penalty in the 17th lap.

“This is just absurd, person,” Hamilton complained to his workforce right after serving his penalty and rejoining the race in 11th place.

And while he raced valiantly to recuperate a location on the podium, it was not quite ample to attract level with Schumacher, finishing about 22 seconds powering his teammate Bottas at the Sochi Autodrom.

“Just not the best day. It is what it is. It really is performed now,” the six-time world winner said. “I just take the details that I got and go on.

When asked about the penalties post-race, Hamilton was unwilling to comment. “It isn’t going to subject. It really is done now so I will just take the factors and shift on, but congratulations go to Valtteri,” he stated.

Hamilton reacts on the podium after finishing third in the Russian GP.
The 35-calendar year-outdated also experienced one penalty issue extra to his document for every incident. This normally takes Hamilton to 10 points for a 12-month interval, leaving him just two penalty points absent from a one-race ban.

For Bottas, it was thoroughly clean sailing next Hamilton’s penalty as the 31-year-outdated went on to assert the ninth earn of his F1 occupation.

“It truly is good to get a acquire. It really is been a even though and I require to try and maintain the momentum. Yet again, managed to squeeze a couple factors in excess of Lewis, but there is nonetheless really a couple races to go, so you in no way know. I’ll preserve pushing, I will not give up and we will see how it ends up.”

Verstappen’s 2nd-spot complete even more solidifies his 3rd placement in the driver’s championship. And the 22-12 months-old admitted he was “incredibly pleased” with his last posture.

“Immediately after the restart I imagine we had been a small bit gradual on the medium, but once we went onto the tough tire, I imagine we were being a little little bit additional competitive, so satisfied about that. To be equipped to break up the Mercedes automobiles once more, I believe we can be delighted with that.

“I was just seeking do my own race. I consider we did all the things effectively, and I am extremely delighted with 2nd.”

The 2020 F1 season will go on on Oct 9-11 at the Eifel GP, which is held on the renowned Nürburgring in Germany.

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