ISTANBUL — Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas gained the Turkish Grand Prix for his 1st victory of the season on Sunday, when Crimson Bull’s Max Verstappen finished second to reclaim the total guide from title rival Lewis Hamilton.
Verstappen wiped absent Hamilton’s two-place guide and now prospects the Mercedes driver by 6 factors with 6 races left in a thrilling title fight that could go all the way to the ultimate race in Abu Dhabi. Sergio Perez capped a powerful working day for Crimson Bull by ending in 3rd put.
Defending winner Hamilton shed beneficial factors by ending fifth right after coming in for a late tire transform, despite telling his crew he needed to keep on observe when nonetheless in 3rd.
Hamilton was obtaining ever more agitated as he fell behind Leclerc and with Pierre Gasly’s AlphaTauri gaining on him.
“Just leave it by yourself,” he snapped to his race engineer when educated of Gasly’s hole.
Bottas finally received the profitable feeling once again when he overtook Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc with about a dozen laps left, clinching his 1st victory considering that the Russian GP in September previous 12 months.
“Haha, yes!” Bottas shouted right after his 10th occupation earn and a a great deal-wanted a person through a aggravating previous season with Mercedes before joining Alfa Romeo up coming 12 months.
To cap it off he clocked the quickest lap on the five.three-kilometer (three.three-mile) Istanbul Park circuit beneath a grey sky amid persistent drizzle.
Hamilton finally came in for new tires on Lap 51 but did not concur with the decision.
“Why did you give up that put?” a frustrated Hamilton barked on crew radio working with an expletive.
Leclerc came in previously than Hamilton and put fourth, lacking out on a 14th occupation podium. Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. and McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo started out from the back again right after total motor adjustments. Sainz Jr. managed to complete a commendable eighth.