F1 results: Russian GP, Bottas wins after Hamilton penalty

Valtteri Bottas won the Russian Grand Prix for Mercedes at Sochi, round 10 of the Formula 1 World Championship, after Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton was handed two penalties that cost him the lead.

From pole position, Hamilton led the charge from pole position – starting on the soft tyre as opposed to rivals Bottas and Max Verstappen (Red Bull) on the mediums. But his race winning hopes were truly dashed by race control, which revealed two 5-second penalties for practice start violations.

Mercedes decided to pit Hamilton early, putting him on the hard tyres for the rest of the race. Bottas was released out front and pulled well clear of the opposition, which was led by Verstappen.

Hamilton recovered to finish third, complaining multiple times about the penalties and that the team stopped him too early, ahead of Racing Point’s Sergio Perez.

Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo got a 5s time penalty for not going through the Turn 2 bollards after overshooting while he passed teammate Esteban Ocon, but he pulled out enough of a gap over Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc to make that irrelevant to claim fifth.

AlphaTauri’s Daniil Kvyat started the race on hard tyres, and ran as high as third before stopping. He charged back to eighth on fresh rubber, but couldn’t find a way past Ocon, with teammate Pierre Gasly also making a late stop and passing Alex Albon (who scored the final point) and Lando Norris to take ninth.

Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen ran in the points for a while on the day he equalled Rubens Barichello’s record of F1 starts, but finished 14th after a slow pitstop.

Carlos Sainz and Lance Stroll went out of the race on the opening lap after crashes.

F1 Russian Grand Prix race results

Cla   Driver   Chassis Engine Laps Time Pits Points
1   Valtteri Bottas Mercedes Mercedes 53   1 26
2   Max Verstappen Red Bull Honda 53 7.729 1 18
3   Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Mercedes 53 22.729 1 15
4   Sergio Perez Racing Point Mercedes 53 30.558 1 12
5   Daniel Ricciardo Renault Renault 53 52.065 1 10
6   Charles Leclerc Ferrari Ferrari 53 1’02.186 1 8
7   Esteban Ocon Renault Renault 53 1’08.006 1 6
8   Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri Honda 53 1’08.740 1 4
9   Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri Honda 53 1’29.766 2 2
10   Alex Albon Red Bull Honda 53 1’37.860 2 1
11   Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Ferrari 52 1 lap 1  
12   Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 52 1 lap 1  
13   Sebastian Vettel Ferrari Ferrari 52 1 lap 1  
14   Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Ferrari 52 1 lap 1  
15   Lando Norris McLaren Renault 52 1 lap 2  
16   Nicholas Latifi Williams Mercedes 52 1 lap 1  
17   Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 52 1 lap 2  
18   George Russell Williams Mercedes 52 1 lap 3  
19   Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren Renault 0      
20   Lance Stroll Racing Point Mercedes 0      
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F1 Russian Grand Prix fastest laps

Cla Driver   Chassis Engine Laps Time Gap Interval km/h
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes Mercedes 51 1’37.030     216.972
2 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri Honda 50 1’37.231 0.201 0.201 216.523
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull Honda 53 1’37.332 0.302 0.101 216.298
4 George Russell Williams Mercedes 52 1’37.352 0.322 0.020 216.254
5 Lando Norris McLaren Renault 50 1’37.377 0.347 0.025 216.198
6 Daniel Ricciardo Renault Renault 53 1’37.886 0.856 0.509 215.074
7 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Mercedes 48 1’38.075 1.045 0.189 214.660
8 Sergio Perez Racing Point Mercedes 52 1’38.141 1.111 0.066 214.515
9 Alex Albon Red Bull Honda 51 1’38.377 1.347 0.236 214.001
10 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Ferrari 37 1’38.858 1.828 0.481 212.960
11 Charles Leclerc Ferrari Ferrari 47 1’39.053 2.023 0.195 212.540
12 Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri Honda 48 1’39.133 2.103 0.080 212.369
13 Esteban Ocon Renault Renault 48 1’39.216 2.186 0.083 212.191
14 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari Ferrari 46 1’39.588 2.558 0.372 211.398
15 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 44 1’39.614 2.584 0.026 211.343
16 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Ferrari 44 1’39.766 2.736 0.152 211.021
17 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 52 1’40.380 3.350 0.614 209.731
18 Nicholas Latifi Williams Mercedes 47 1’41.044 4.014 0.664 208.352
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F1 Russian Grand Prix tyre strategy

Cla Driver   Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes Mercedes M 29 H 27        
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull Honda M 28 H 28        
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Mercedes S 19 H 37        
4 Sergio Perez Racing Point Mercedes S 23 H 33        
5 Daniel Ricciardo Renault Renault S 18 H 38        
6 Charles Leclerc Ferrari Ferrari M 28 H 25        
7 Esteban Ocon Renault Renault S 21 H 35        
8 Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri Honda H 30 M 23        
9 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri Honda S 21 H 24 M 11    
10 Alex Albon Red Bull Honda S 5 H 26 M 26    
11 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Ferrari M 16 H 36        
12 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari M 19 H 33        
13 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari Ferrari M 30 H 22        
14 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Ferrari H 35 M 17        
15 Lando Norris McLaren Renault S 4 H 46 M 5    
16 Nicholas Latifi Williams Mercedes M 17 H 35        
17 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari M 17 H 25 M 10    
18 George Russell Williams Mercedes M 1 H 13 M 38 S 2
  Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren Renault S 3            
  Lance Stroll Racing Point Mercedes M 0            
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F1 Russian Grand Prix as it happened

 


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