Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas took advantage of a rare 10-second penalty to pole sitter Lewis Hamilton in Sochi to win the Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix on Sunday. The win was Bottas’ second of the season and ninth of his career.
Bottas left Sochi just 44 points behind Hamilton in the championship. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen finished second and Hamilton was third.
Here’s how it looked like in Russia on Sunday:
Valtteri Bottas crosses the line in Sochi for his second F1 win of the season.
There were fans in the stands in Sochi, which was a welcome site for a series that has run ghost races this year void of fans.
In a season where Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton has already one six races, teammate Valtteri Bottas was the one dancing on Sunday.
Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas cruised to the win over Max Verstappen by 7.7 seconds.
Bottas (77) started quickly from the third qualifying position on Sunday in Sochi.
Hamilton led every lap until coming it to the pits on Lap 17 to serve a 10-second penalty for an illegal practice start before the race.
Max Verstappen started second and finished second for Red Bull in Sochi.
Lance Stroll crashed out early in the first lap on Sunday.
Carlos Sainz of McLaren joined Racing Point’s Lance Stroll on the sidelines after hitting the wall on the first lap.
Lewis Hamilton was unhappy after a penalty all but ended his chances at victory in Russia.
Max Verstappen, left, and Lewis Hamilton made social justice statements prior to the race.
Ask Valtteri Bottas and he’ll probably tell you the Champagne tastes better from the top step of the victory podium.
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