Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) out-qualified teammate Lewis Hamilton to start third on the grid in Sochi, lined up behind the Ferraris of pole-sitter Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen. Bottas split the Ferraris at the start and passed Vettel for the lead going into Turn 2.
The lead didn’t change hands for the rest of the race, but Vettel did close to inside 1 sec during the final laps, forcing the Finn to work for his debut victory. Bottas’s win came 81 races into his career.
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Starting grid, Top 3 each class
LMP1 #7 Toyota Gazoo Racing TS050 Hybrid (Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi, Jose Maria Lopez), #8 Toyota (Sebastian Buemi, Anthony Davidson, Kaz Nakajima), #1 Porsche Team 919 Hybrid (Neel Jani, Andre Lotterer, Nick Tandy)
LMP2 #26 G-Drive Racing Oreca 07-Gibson (Roman Rusinov, Pierre Thiriet, Alex Lynn), #36 Signatech Alpine Matmut A470-Gibson (Nicolas Lapierre, Gustavo Menezes, M. Rao), #38 Jackie Chan DC Racing Oreca 07-Gibson (Ho-Pin Tung, Oliver Jarvis, Thomas ...
Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) won the first pole of his F1 career, teammate Lewis Hamilton lining up next to him. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) lined up in P3 aside Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull). Row 3 was also a Ferrari-Red Bull affair: Kimi Raikkonen ahead of Max Verstappen.
Vettel took second from Hamilton on the start, Verstappen moving up to fourth and Felipe Massa (Williams) up to P6 as Raikkonen fell through the ranks.
Bottas, still in the lead, reported the beginning of problems with his rear ...
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