Valtteri Bottas was the happiest man around the Russian circuit following his win. The Mercedes driver, who clinched the first win of the season in Austria, came from the third place on the grid to seal a win.
Max Verstappen finished behind the Finn, and Lewis Hamilton clinched third.
The victory for Bottas meant a lot as he came close to winning one on a handful of occasions, only to miss it marginally to Hamilton. However, he stuck to his race in the Russian region and took home the victory.
Following the victory, Valtteri Bottas seemed quite happy with his performance. It will not only boost his performance but also add to his morale, which will come handy as he looks to hold on to the momentum he has gained.
It also came as a perfect jibe to his critics who mocked him stating he’ll always be under Hamilton’s shadow. “Once I was in clean air I felt that the pace was pretty awesome and that I could control everything.
“Never give up. It’s a good day. It’s nice to get another win as it’s been a while and I now need to keep the momentum going,” he said.
VALTTERI: “Once I was in clean air I felt that the pace was pretty awesome and that I could control everything.
“Never give up. It’s a good day. It’s nice to get another win as it’s been a while and I now need to keep the momentum going”#RussianGP 🇷🇺 #F1 pic.twitter.com/QUFm6kjiQo
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The thirty-one-year-old, however, faced a tricky situation during the first lap of the race. Bottas encountered a huge bee that came into his visor in Turn 2. The obstruction made it difficult for him to pick up his braking point.
Bottas says he had a “massive bee” on his visor on the run to Turn 2 on the first lap, making it hard to pick his braking point 🐝 #beegate #F1 #RussianGP
— Luke Smith (@LukeSmithF1) September 27, 2020
Valtteri Bottas withstands pressure to claim victory
Valtteri Bottas enjoyed a significant win at the Russian Grand Prix. Outperforming Max Verstappen of Red Bull, Bottas proved once again why he is driving for Mercedes.
He is not only a talented racer, but also someone who can withstand a lot of pressure without twitching. Facing stiff criticism owing to his inability to hold on to a lead, Bottas proved that he is capable of winning a race.
His win is exemplary after Lewis Hamilton was handed two five-second penalties following a violation of a regulation. However, the Brit managed to come in from behind to clinch the third place on the podium.
Yet the day belonged to Valtteri Bottas, who picked up significant points for himself as well as his team. Setting up the fastest lap along with the podium, Bottas solidified his second place in the World Championship list.