Bottas wins in Turkey

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Oct 11 2021
Sports Bottas wins in Turkey

Valtteri Bottas ended his yearlong drought with a dominant victory in Turkey on Sunday, while unhappy Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton finished fifth and lost the Formula One championship lead to Red Bull’s Max Verstappen. Verstappen, 24, was runner-up and 14.584 seconds behind the Finn at a wet Istanbul Park to overturn a two-point deficit to Hamilton and walk away six points clear with six races remaining. 

Red Bull team mate Sergio Perez finished third with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc fourth and ahead of seventimes world champion Hamilton, who had started 11th due to an engine penalty. “It’s been a while, but feels good. I think from my side probably one of the best races I’ve had ever,” said Bottas, who started on pole position and was never threatened. “Apart from that one little slide, everything was under control.” The victory was the Finn’s first since Russia in September last year. Verstappen, who started on the front row, had a quiet race and said it had all been about tyre management. (Reuters)

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Oct 11 2021

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