The Finnish pilot Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) won the Turkish Grand Prix today, for the sixteenth round of the Formula 1 World Championship. The Dutchman Max Verstappen (Red Bull), who was second, regained the leadership of the drivers’ world championship.
The 58-lap race at the Istanbul Park circuit took place under heavy rain and fog that caused problems at the start, such as the one experienced by the Spanish rider. Fernando Alonso (Alpine-Renault), who got lost after a clash with the French Pierre Gasly (Alpha Tauri).
Bottas’ triumph, the first of the season for the Finn, was undeniable as he stood firm in command of his Mercedes without giving advantage to his Red Bull, Verstappen and Mexican sheets. Sergio “Checo” Pérez, which completed the podium.
The multi-champion Lewis Hamilton did not perform well despite his comeback from eleventh place (penalty in between) and finished in fifth place behind the Monegasque Charle leclerc (Ferrari).
The Briton was punished by the sports authorities for a change in the internal combustion engine of his Mercedes, with which he obtained his 100th victory in the history of F1 in Russia.
Bottas, who reached ten wins in the top flight of world motorsport, had not won a race since September 27 last year when he was consecrated in Sochi.
The scoring positions in Istanbul, from sixth to tenth place, were completed by Gasly, the British Lando Norris (McLaren), the Spanish Carlos Sainz (Ferrari), the Canadian Lance Stroll (Aston Martin) and the French Esteban Ocon (Alpine-Renault).
Verstappen, winner of 7 races this year, regained control of the World Championship with 262.5 points, followed by Hamilton (256.5), with whom he maintains an arm wrestling to end his reign in the category.
This bid is also reproduced in the general classification of Constructors, in which Mercedes leads Red Bull with 433.5 points against 397.5.
The next round of F1 will be the United States Grand Prix, on October 24, at the Austin (Texas) circuit.