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Motorsport weekend wrap: Bottas claims initial F1 win

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  • Bottas led home Vettel in Sochi

    Bottas led home Vettel in Sochi

Finnish motorist Valtteri Bottas claimed his initial Formula 1 feat after holding off Sebastian Vettel in a Russian Grand Prix.

In only his fourth competition for Mercedes, Bottas started third on a grid during Sochi, though jumped past a Ferraris of Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen during a start. He afterwards resisted a late-race assign from Vettel to take his initial win in his 81st race.

“I’ve always famous we could do good formula if all goes right,” pronounced Bottas. “I always trust in my ability though it’s good to get acknowledgment that a formula are possible, so really good to continue from here.”

Raikkonen finished third, with Lewis Hamilton holding a unsatisfactory fourth after struggling for gait during a race. Vettel now leads Hamilton by 13 points.

The subsequent competition is a Spanish Grand Prix on May 14.

World Rally Championship

Welshman Elfyn Evans was denied a lass World Rally Championship feat by only 0.7 seconds on Rally Argentina final weekend.

Evans, pushing a DMACK-backed Ford Fiesta RS WRC, led a bulk of a event, though entered a finial theatre heading Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville by 0.6s. Neuville afterwards finished a final exam 1.3s quicker to waylay glory.

“It’s been a miracle eventuality in my career,” pronounced Evans. “We’re apparently unhappy during not sealing out initial win, though this weekend has done me even some-more determined.”

Reigning champion Sebastien Ogier finished fourth and continues to lead a points. Northern Ireland’s Kris Meeke late from a eventuality after crashing his Citroen C3 WRC.

Round-up

  • Tom Chilton led home associate Briton Rob Huff in a initial FIA World Touring Car Championship competition during Monza. A damaged driveshaft sidelined Chilton’s Citroen in competition two, that was won by Volvo’s Thed Bjork. Huff was third.
  • Reigning IndyCar Series champion Simon Pagenaud claimed his initial feat on an oval during Phoenix, heading home Penske team-mate Will Power by 9.1 seconds.
  • Brits Lando Norris and Callum Ilott both took Formula 3 competition wins during Monza. Joel Eriksson, who won a other competition during a Italian track, continues to lead a points.

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