Bottas wins Turkish Grand Prix, Verstappen retakes WDC lead
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Valtteri Bottas claimed victory at the Turkish Grand Prix run in damp conditions, with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and his teammate Sergio Perez completing the podium.
Bottas led the race from pole in the early going while his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton started 11th thanks to his 10-place engine related penalty, while Verstappen tried to stay with the Finn. By Lap 11, Hamilton was up into the top five having passed Pierre Gasly and later the defending champion would be promoted to fourth when Sergio Perez pitted on Lap 38.
A series of pits stops and the weather would deny Hamilton’s bid to get into the podium places and challenge Verstappen to defend his WDC lead which stood at two points before the race.
Hamilton pushed for too long on his intermediate tyres and eventually had to pit, losing third and eventually finishing fifth.
Leclerc would claim fourth after he was overtaken by a hard-charging Perez.
Mercedes may have claimed the victory but Red Bull are likely to be the happier team when all is said and done.
AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly took sixth, having shrugged off a five-second penalty for a Lap 1 collision that sent P5 starter Fernando Alonso into a spin. Next on the board was Lando Norris, who was one of the earliest to pit for new inters (on Lap 35) and who settled for seventh having started there.
Carlos Sainz managed a brilliant recovery to P8 as engine penalties saw him start 19th, the Ferrari driver up into the points by Lap 14. His foray up the order was somewhat hurt by an 8.1s pit stop late on, without which he could have been in touching distance of Norris ahead.
Lance Stroll finished P9 having started eighth for Aston Martin, bumped up a place thanks to a pass on Alpine’s P10 finisher Esteban Ocon with five laps remaining. Ocon started 12th but made up two places with Alonso and Yuki Tsunoda dropping out of points contention thanks to respective spins.
Turkish Grand Prix results
|2||33||Max Verstappen||RED BULL RACING HONDA||58||+14.584s||18|
|3||11||Sergio Perez||RED BULL RACING HONDA||58||+33.471s||15|
|6||10||Pierre Gasly||ALPHATAURI HONDA||58||+44.292s||8|
|7||4||Lando Norris||MCLAREN MERCEDES||58||+47.213s||6|
|9||18||Lance Stroll||ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES||58||+82.018s||2|
|10||31||Esteban Ocon||ALPINE RENAULT||57||+1 lap||1|
|11||99||Antonio Giovinazzi||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||57||+1 lap|
|12||7||Kimi Räikkönen||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||57||+1 lap|
|13||3||Daniel Ricciardo||MCLAREN MERCEDES||57||+1 lap|
|14||22||Yuki Tsunoda||ALPHATAURI HONDA||57||+1 lap|
|15||63||George Russell||WILLIAMS MERCEDES||57||+1 lap|
|16||14||Fernando Alonso||ALPINE RENAULT||57||+1 lap|
|17||6||Nicholas Latifi||WILLIAMS MERCEDES||57||+1 lap|
|18||5||Sebastian Vettel||ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES||57||+1 lap|
|19||47||Mick Schumacher||HAAS FERRARI||56||+2 laps|
|20||9||Nikita Mazepin||HAAS FERRARI||56||+2 laps|
* Provisional results. Note – Bottas scored an additional point for setting the fastest lap of the race.