Russian GP: Winners & Losers

WINNERS:

Valtteri Bottas: What a day for the Finn! After a great start, Bottas jumped from third to first overtaking both Ferrari’s and from that point onwards he controlled much of the race. However, a charging Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel set up a tense finish with the Finn holding on to take his maiden victory in F1.

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Sebastian Vettel: Considering the German started on pole he would’ve been disappointed not to win. However, Vettel gained six points on championship rival Lewis Hamilton to extend his lead to 13 points at the top of the standings.

Force India: Force India kept up their incredible record of both drivers scoring in every race so far this season. Sergio Perez finished sixth while Esteban Ocon finsihed one place back in seventh to give the team a valuable 14 points with the result taking them 13 points clear of Williams.

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LOSERS:

Fernando Alonso: The Spaniard’s race was over before it even started! Alonso’s car stopped on track during the formation lap as McLaren’s season went from bad to worse. The less said the better.

Felipe Massa: Massa was on course for a sixth place finish but a slow puncture forced him to make a second pit stop which saw him end up in ninth as the Brazilian lost out on a big points finish to Force India.

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Daniel Ricciardo: Red Bull’s iffy start to 2017 continued with Daniel Ricciardo forced to retire on just the fifth lap due to a brake issue. After starting fifth, the Aussie would’ve hoped for a big points haul from Russia but his race was cut short with Red Bull hoping to kick start their season in Barcelona.

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