In a game of strategy, Verstappen did the business

Bottas celebrated for the first time, in his farewell to Mercedes / AFP

Vallteri Bottas achieved the first victory of the year by winning the F1 Turkish GP, which had a decisive set of strategies for the final result of the race held at the Istanbul Park circuit. For his part, Max Verstappen, who escorted the Finn from Mercedes, regained the leadership of the championship and Sergio Pérez closed a double on the podium for Red Bull.

Lewis Hamilton had led the standings, but was punished with ten places on the grid for changing an engine component. The Briton had to fight to gain positions until reaching the fifth place.

Without a doubt, the strategies of Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) and Hamilton (Mercedes) did not work, taking risks in terms of the duration of the tires, both having to resign themselves to entering the pits at the end of the competition.

As a result of the rain present throughout the weekend, the race started on intermediate tires. Verstappen was the first of the up front to change (lap 36), returning to the track in third place. Two laps later, Bottas went into the pits to put on new tires. He stayed ahead of the Dutchman, while Leclerc commanded the platoon still without making his stop.

The Finn caught up with Leclerc on lap 45, completing his task after a couple of laps retaking his place at the front. Leclerc was trying to reach the end without changing tires, but had to resign himself and returned to the track in fourth place. Hamilton, who also stretched his stoppage, but had to stop (lap 51) and fell to fifth place.

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