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Russian Grand Prix: Valtteri Bottas benefits from Lewis Hamilton time penalties to grab 2nd win of 2020 season

Valtteri Bottas won the Russian Grand Prix on Sunday after his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton’s race was ruined by penalties.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Valtteri Bottas pipped Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton to win in Sochi
  • This is Bottas’s second win after the season-opener in Austria and 9th overall of his career
  • Bottas had registered his career’s first win at the same track in Sochi in 2017

Mercedes AMG F1 team driver Valtteri Bottas registered his second win of the 2020 season and grabbed the top spot on the podium at the Russian Grand Prix on Sunday.

This is Bottas’s second win after the season-opener in Austria and 9th overall of his career. Bottas had registered his career’s first win at the same track in Sochi in 2017.

“Once I was in clean air, the pace was awesome. I never give up, it was a good day. I just need to try and keep the momentum, and there are quite a few races to go still…” Bottas said at the post-race interview.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen crossed the finish line in second place ahead of Hamilton, who was handed 2 five-second penalties for practice start violations before lights out and thus, had to serve them out during the race due to which he dropped to third in the order.

“I was slower on the mediums but once we went on the hards we were more competitive. To split the Mercedes cars, I’m happy with that. They were faster, I did everything I could. I’m very happy with second after two DNFs,” Verstappen said after the race.

Championship leader Hamilton, who started on pole position at the Sochi Autodrome, was gunning for a record-equalling 91st career Formula One victory but now has to wait a little longer before he can match Michael Schumacher’s tally.

“It doesn’t matter, it’s done now. just take the points I’ve got and move on now. Congratulations to Valtteri,” Hamilton reacted when asked about his time penalties.

The result helped Bottas close the gap to Hamilton in the Driver’s Championship leaderboard to 44 points. Hamilton leads the list with 205 points, ahead of Bottas (161), Verstappen (128) and McLaren’s Lando Norris (65), who had finished a disappointing 15th.

Racing Point’s Sergio Perez slotted in 4th place ahead of Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc.

This Post first appeared on “India Today”

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