Valtteri Bottas took his maiden Formula One victory today after jumping the two Ferraris off the start, then edging out Sebastian Vettel in a nail-biting, race-long battle

Bottas claimed the victory in a total race time of one hour 28 minutes 08.743 seconds.

Vettel was the runner-up 0.617 behind, while Ferrari teammate Raikkonen completed the podium placers 11.000s back.

Today’s result marks the 400th podium finish for Mercedes-Benz Power in Formula One.

Vettel continues to lead the drivers’ championship standings ahead of Hamilton, Bottas and Raikkonen.

Following his historic win, Bottas commented:

“It’s going to take a while to sink in. Normally I’m not that emotional but hearing the Finnish national anthem was very special for me.

“It’s all a bit surreal, the first win and hopefully the first of many. It was definitely one of my best races ever.

“The pressure from Sebastian wasn’t too bad; the main issue was with the lapped cars, trying to get past those. It was tricky to pass them without losing time. I also had a lockup with about 15 laps to go that hurt the pace, but it was manageable.

“I asked for a bit of radio silence just to get on it and focus. I’m sure this victory will give me lots of confidence going forward. I knew I could do these results, I always trusted my ability, but this result confirms it.”

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Race Results

PosDriverCarTime/gap
1Valtteri BottasMercedes1hr 28m 08.743s
2Sebastian VettelFerrari0.617
3Kimi RaikkonenFerrari11
4Lewis HamiltonMercedes36.32
5Max VerstappenRed Bull-TAG Heuer60.416
6Sergio PerezForce India-Mercedes86.788
7Esteban OconForce India-Mercedes95.004
8Nico HulkenbergRenault96.188
9Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes1 lap
10Carlos Sainz JnrToro Rosso-Renault1 lap
11Lance StrollWilliams-Mercedes1 lap
12Daniil KvyatToro Rosso-Renault1 lap
13Kevin MagnussenHaas-Ferrari1 lap
14Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren-Honda1 lap
15Marcus EricssonSauber-Ferrari1 lap
16Pascal WehrleinSauber-Ferrari2 laps

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