Bottas: “it Has been one of my best races, I’m happy”

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Valtteri Bottas has finished on the end with your hopes and has been proclaimed winner of his first Grand Prix of Formula 1 in Russia, after completing his fourth race with Mercedes. The Finnish driver dominated a intense duel with Sebastian Vettel in the final laps, confirming their superiority over Lewis Hamilton this weekend in Sochi.

Bottas has wanted to thank the team of Mercedes the opportunity of having at their disposal a winning car for the first time in his career in Formula 1, stating that “this strange opportunity to join the team came in the winter and have made possible what has happened today, so I want to thank Mercedes, because without them this would not have happened”.

The-mate Lewis Hamilton has made a week-end impeccable, knowing you beat the competitive Ferrari, which went out in the first line of the grill. “We’ve had a complicated beginning of the year. The fight with Ferrari has been very tight again. We managed to stay ahead and we need to keep pressing, but I’m very happy. I made a good start, maybe a little better than the pilots of the first row, I took advantage of the slipstream and I got inside in the second corner. Start from the second row was not so bad”, said Valtteri Bottas, who was elected the best driver of the race by the fans.

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The feeling of winning for the first time he has seemed to Valtteri Bottas “awesome”, especially after 81 races waiting. “The victory has been slow to reach more than 80 runs, but the wait has been worth it. The learning curve has been worth it. I felt good, but the first win is a bit surreal and I hope that will be the first of many. Insurance has been one of my best races ever, so I am happy, it is a good feeling,”19459008], ” said the finn, who has placed third in the championship to 23 points behind the leader Sebastian Vettel.

But the 23 points don’t seem insurmountable to Bottas, who continues to maintain that its goal is to get the world title. “Being a champion is the only goal in my sporting career. I’m going to try it all, and we will continue to work”.

Lewis Hamilton, for its part, continued to shine in Sochi and was left out of the podium after finishing fourth at 25 seconds of Kimi Räikkönen and 36.3 of his team-mate, therefore losing six more points in the overall classification with respect to Vettel. “there Have been many things that have stood in my way, but you have to give the congratulations to Valtteri, who has done a great job this weekend. He had speed from the start and drove very well until the end of the race, couldn’t do much more. I’m relaxed, there’s not much you can do. I’m fine, but it has not been a normal weekend”, said a disappointed Hamilton, who now gives 13 points with Sebastian Vettel at the general.