Scuderia Ferrari’s Sebastien Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen finished the 2017 Russian Grand Prix in 2nd and 3rd place Sunday as Mercedes-AMG Petronas driver Valteri Bottas won his first-ever Formula 1 Grand Prix.
The Ferrari pairing had qualified 1-2 for the fourth race of the Formula 1 season – the first time the Italian outfit had locked out the front row in nine years. It quickly fell by the wayside when the lights went out, however, with Bottas getting a good start and jumping Vettel on the run down to Turn 1. Bottas’ Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton, who qualified fourth, challenged Raikkonen on the way to Turn 1 but was forced to slot in behind him as the field ran through turns 2 and 3.
The track was put under full course yellow conditions after Renault’s Jolyon Palmer and Haas F1’s Romain Grosjean had a coming together. Bottas continued to lead the field once racing got back underway but Vettel began to reel him in, forcing the Mercedes crew to pit him from the lead for fresh Pirelli ultrasoft tires. Ferrari then called Raikkonen in on the 29th lap before pitting Vettel from the lead on the 33rd.
As the second stint wore on, Vettel again was able to reel Bottas in. The German was just 1.5s behind the Fin after 40 laps with 12 laps to go, however he was unable to make his way around a lapped Felipe Massa in his Williams, allowing Bottas to put a comfortable gap between him and the Ferrari and easily take the lead.
Hamilton was fourth behind the podium finishers while Red Bull’s Max Verstappen completed the top ten. Verstappen’s Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo, a common sight in the top five, retired early after his cars brakes caught fire.
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