The Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) won this Sunday in the Turkish Grand Prix, the sixteenth round of the Formula 1 World Championship, while the Dutch Max Verstappen (Red Bull), second, was able to regain the leadership of the 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 driver Fernando Alonso (Alpine-Renault), who lost his way after a collision with the French Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri).
Bottas’ triumph, the first of the season for the Finn, was undeniable as he stood firm at the command of his Mercedes without giving an advantage to his Red Bull, Verstappen and Mexican Sergio “Checo” Pérez sheets, who completed the podium.
Multi-time champion Lewis Hamilton did not perform well despite his comeback from eleventh (penalty in between) and finished fifth behind 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 ).
Between eleventh and twentieth place came: the Italian Antonio Giovinazzi and the Finn Kimi Raikkonen with Alfa Romeo; the Australian Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren), the Japanese Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri), the British George Russell (Williams), Alonso (Alpine-Renault), the Canadian Nicholas Latifi (Williams), the German Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin), his compatriot Mick Schumacher (Haas) and Russian Nikita Mazepin (Haas).
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.