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  1. Bottas wins Vettel after overtaking him at start
  2. Vettel 2nd, Raikkonen 3rd, Hamilton 4th
  3. Alonso breaks down on parade lap
  4. Alonso, Palmer, Grosjean, Ricciardo out

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By Gary Rose

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Russia will always have a special place in Valtteri Bottas' heart after taking his first win here.

The first of many? Never mind Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton may once again find himself battling with his team-mate for victories.

On to Barcelona next, with the Spanish Grand Prix in two weeks.

See you then.

Just finishing a race in a McLaren must bring about a sense of euphoria. Will feel like a win given their troubles.

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I would love to know what the euphoria of a first win in Formula 1 feels like, especially after 80 races without one.

Only thing I can compare it to is when I first finished Super Mario World. A momentous day.

'Mega job'

The last time we saw two drivers from Finland on the podium? Back in 2008 at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Heikki Kovalainen won that race with Kimi Raikkonen third.

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'I did the best I could'

Lewis Hamilton, who finished fourth for Mercedes, has been speaking to Sky Sports.

"Big congrats to Valtteri. He did an exceptional job all weekend," he said. "I wish I could have backed him up in terms of points but I think i did the best I could today."

On his own lack of race pace, he added: "Once I got through the first couple of laps I was kind of stuck.

"Through the race I understood it. Speed-wise I know where it is and I will try to fix it for the next one."

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Bottas ends long wait for win

Valtteri Bottas is a Grand Prix winner at the 81st attempt, the same number as Eddie Irvine had contested when won for the first time at the 1999 Australian Grand Prix.

Former Red Bull driver Mark Webber holds the all-time record for grands prix before winning, the Aussie racking up 130 of them before breaking his duck.

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Bottas holds off a late Vettel charge to win his first F1 race

'A step forward'

Not before Kimi Raikkonen spoke about finishing third: "Unfortunately today we could only get third place but we'll try for better next time.

"I have had a little bit of a rough start to the season - far from ideal - but this week has been a step forward, but we still only finished third. 

"We'll keep trying, keep improving, but all the small details have to be there to get the first place."

Eddie Jordan sits down on the podium alongside Valtteri Bottas.

It looks like they are about to sing a duet but Eddie is just going in for the final word from the Finn.

'It's Bottas' day'

Sebastian Vettel, who finished second: "I tried everything to catch Valtteri. I thought there would be an opportunity on the back straight. I thought there was an opportunity but I was not sure what Felipe Massa would do and ended up losing out. It doesn't matter, though. Big congratulations to Valtteri. It is his day."

'Very happy'

Valtteri Bottas, P1: "It's been quite a while, more than 80 races, but worth the wait, well worth the learning curve.

"This strange opportunity came to me over the winter and I have to thank the team for making this possible.

"We need to keep pushing, keep finishing with both cars one and two. I'm very happy." 

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Eddie Jordan, in not one of his most garish shirts it has to be said, scampers onto the podium. 

He's out to conduct the interviews...


Sebastian Vettel's second place finish means he extends his championship lead to 13 points over Lewis Hamilton.

Valtteri Bottas is now 10 points behind his Mercedes team-mate.

Valtteri Bottas climbs on to the top step of the podium and the Finnish national anthem - a jovial number - is played for the first time in four years.

Russia president Vladimir Putin meets the top three drivers, talking - through a translator - about how F1 is becoming more and more popular in Russia and all the hotels are booked out for it.

"So you need more hotels," jokes Valtteri Bottas.

Valtteri Bottas is the fifth driver from Finland to win a Formula 1 race and also the first Finnish winner since 2013.

'We made the right choice'

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff tells BBC Sport: "An amazing first win for Valtteri and a fantastic race. The bittersweet part is we did not have the pace on Lewis' car. We hoped strategy-wise there would be a safety car for him, but there wasn't one."

On Bottas, he added: "It shows to me that the choice we made at the start of the season was the right one."


"Is that your first?" Sebastian Vettel asks Valtteri Bottas. "Yeah," replies the Finn. "Took quite a while."

Kimi Raikkonen is keeping out of the chat for now, standing with his hands on hips.

Lewis Hamilton is straight over to hug Valtteri Bottas before the Finn disappears into the pre-podium room.

"That was worth the wait," says Valtteri Bottas.

He climbs out his car, stands on the nose and laps up the applause before leaping off.

Sebastian Vettel is straight over to congratulate him, Felipe Massa too. This is a popular win in the paddock.

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1) Bottas 2) Vettel 3) Raikkonen 4) Hamilton 5) Verstappen 6) Perez 7) Ocon 8) Hulkenberg 9) Massa 10) Sainz

He's done it!

Wow. Valtteri Bottas keeps his cool to secure a maiden victory on his 81st start Formula 1.

He won that by just 0.6 seconds from Sebastian Vettel.

Kimi Raikkonen comes home third.

Chequered flag


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Sebastian Vettel loses time as he squeezes past Felipe Massa. Ferrari tweet that there was contact. That's cost Vettel!

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Valtteri Bottas laps Felipe Massa. Now Sebastian Vettel has to navigate his way past the Williams...


Lap lap. 

Gap down to 0.7 seconds. 

Sebastian Vettel is right behind Valtteri Bottas.

What a finish to this race!

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Lewis Hamilton is chugging along in fourth. A podium is gone for the Briton. This race is all about his Mercedes team-mate now.

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LAP 49/52: Finger nails being chewed in the @MercedesAMGF1 garage as we Tweet 🙈 #RussianGP 🇷🇺

Oh my. The gap between Sebastian Vettel and race leader Valtteri Bottas is down to ONE second now. 

Two laps to go. This is going to be very, very close.

Sebastian Vettel is fastest of anyone and wrestles the gap down to 1.3 seconds again. He is on fresher tyres and closing in on DRS range...

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Valtteri Bottas finds a tenth of a second more than Sebastian Vettel and the gap is up to 1.4 seconds.

Nip. And. Tuck.