Race Notes – Bottas wins in Russia

Valtteri Bottas won the Russian GP in Sochi in his Mercedes GP, 7.729 seconds ahead of second placed Max Verstappen in his Red Bull-Honda, and 22.729 seconds ahead of third placed Lewis Hamilton in the second Mercedes, after leading early on but receiving a 10-second penalty in the first pit stop. At lap 10 Hamilton leads Bottas by 1.8 seconds, followed b Verstappen (2.9s), Ocon (5.1s), Ricciardo (5.5s), Perez (6.2s), Gasly (9.0s), Leclerc (11.7s), Magnussen (15.1s) and Kvyat (16.4s) in tenth place. On lap 14 Hamilton sets fast lap at 1m39.773s, and again the next lap at 1,39.693s. On lap 17 Hamilton pits from the lead, takes his 10-second penalty and changes to hard tyres and rejoins in 11th place. At lap 30 Bottas leads Verstappen by 12.7 seconds, followed by Kvyat (20.4s), Hamilton (21.0s), Perez (26.0s), Ricciardo (37.3s), Leclerc (39.9s), Ocon (43.3s),Raikkonen (49.7s) and Gasly (50.5s) in tenth. On lap 43 Gasly pits again for medium tyres and rejoins in 11th. At lap 50 Bottas leads Verstappen by 5.5 seconds followed by Hamilton (17.2s), Perez (28.2s), Ricciardo (44.9s).

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