“Yes! For my critics… to whom it may concern, f*ck you!” declared Valtteri Bottas as he powered his Mercedes over the finish line to win the 2020 Russian Grand Prix, a dramatic and incident-packed race at Sochi Autodrom on Sunday.
Not the first time the Finn delivered his trademark soundbite, this time on the occasion of his ninth career victory and his second of this season, closing the gap to teammate Lewis Hamilton at the top of the standings.
The Briton gifted his teammate victory before the lights went out to start the race.on the warm-up lap the Mercedes #44 was seen practising starts, not once but twice and as a result he was penalised 10 seconds for his indiscretions.
After the pitstops, and after Lewis had served his penalty, Bottas was comfortably in the lead, chased gamely by Max Verstappen who finished second. But in the end, the Finn had the race under control.
He said afterwards, “The start was going to be the first opportunity – actually it was a bit compromised because there was a massive bee, or something, that hit my visor, so I couldn’t really see where I should brake, so that’s why I went too deep.
“I knew it was going to be a long race. That, and with the medium tyre I had, with the opportunities – Lewis had the penalties – so once I was in clean air, I felt the pace was pretty awesome and I could really control everything.
“I wasn’t concerned [about Max Verstappen] because I knew how many opportunities there would be. Never give up, it’s been a good day.
“It’s nice to get a win, it’s been a while and I need to try and keep the momentum. Again, managed to squeeze a few points over Lewis but there are still quite a few races to go, so you never know. I’ll keep pushing, I won’t give up and we’ll see how it ends up.”
Valtteri remains second in the championship standings after ten of the 17 rounds this season; this his second victory of this season – he won the opening race in Austria, back in early July.
Joy and relief for @ValtteriBottas as he celebrates victory in Russia 😆 🏆
— Formula 1 (@F1) September 27, 2020