He hadn’t been on the top step of the podium since the season-opening Austrian Grand Prix – but everything played beautifully into Valtteri Bottas’ hands at the Sochi Autodrom on race day, as he secured the ninth win of his career, and the second at this venue.
It was a disappointing Sunday for Lewis Hamilton in Sochi, but there was a small bright spot late in the day for the reigning world champion when the race stewards decided to retract the two penalty points they had given him for his pre-race practice start infringement.
Esteban Ocon was left baffled by his Renault’s pace on hard tyres in Russia but was content with the team’s decision to swap him and Daniel Ricciardo in a pivotal part of the race.
1. Valtteri BOTTAS (Mercedes), 2. Max VERSTAPPEN (Red Bull), 3. Lewis HAMILTON (Mercedes)
Lewis Hamilton was not in the finest of moods after the Russian Grand Prix, the championship leader furious with the two “ridiculous” five-second penalties he was given for breaching the practice starts rule, with the additional two penalty points moving him closer to a race ban.
‘That’s how it should be every weekend’ says Verstappen, as he breaks point-less run with P2 in Sochi
Max Verstappen netted Red Bull’s first ever podium at the Sochi Autodrom at the 2020 Russian Grand Prix, splitting the Mercedes of winner Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton to claim second. And with Verstappen scoring his first points since the Belgian Grand Prix a month ago in the process, it was a welcome result for the Dutchman after a luck-less run of form.
It was meant to be the race where Lewis Hamilton matched Michael Schumacher’s 91 Grand Prix wins. Instead it was Hamilton's team mate Valtteri Bottas who claimed the most important numbers in Sochi...
“A nice moment to thank my critics. And to whom it may concern…” – you know the rest. Valtteri Bottas signed off with his signature radio message and was clearly delighted to show those who have questioned his ability what he can do after cruising to a second Grand Prix victory of 2020 in Russia...
Lance Stroll called Charles Leclerc’s driving on the opening lap in Russia ‘sloppy’, but there was nothing sloppy about the Ferrari driver’s performance over the next 52 laps as he came home in a solid sixth place – his best result in five races.
The drivers and teams report back on all the action from the Sochi Autodrom for the Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix 2020...
It was the day when Lewis Hamilton could have equalled Michael Schumacher's Formula 1 wins record, but in the end it was the six time world champion's Mercedes team mate Valtteri Bottas who triumphed at Sochi. Watch all the action right here.
Carlos Sainz and Lance Stroll both endured nightmare opening laps in Sochi, but for Kevin Magnussen things couldn't have gone much better. In a dream opening 5.8km the Haas driver made up nine positions from his P18 grid slot, and you can watch the incredible action in our video...
He did it again. Yes, time penalties for rival Lewis Hamilton helped, but once more Max Verstappen put his Red Bull between the mighty Mercedes with a faultless drive to the podium in Sochi.
Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas scored his second win of 2020 at the Russian Grand Prix, benefitting from a penalty for his polesitting team mate Lewis Hamilton that left the six-time champion third at the flag, as Max Verstappen claimed Red Bull’s first ever podium at Sochi in P2.
Lance Stroll's Russian Grand Prix last only three corners after he was nudged into a crash on the opening lap by Charles Lelcerc – and the Canadian said it was "ridiculous" the Ferrari driver was not handed a penalty for the incident.
He was wiped out of the Tuscan Grand Prix after five laps when he became embroiled in the massive re-start crash, and Carlos Sainz’s Russian Grand Prix was even shorter – the McLaren driver crashing out at Turn 2 on the opening lap of the race.
Like Michael Schumacher’s record of 91 victories, many thought Rubens Barrichello’s tally of 322 F1 starts might never be beaten. But at the Russian Grand Prix, Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen will match the Brazilian, with the Finn set to make the record his own at the upcoming Eifel Grand Prix. Speaking ahead of the race in Sochi, Barrichello had a special message for his former rival…
Renault junior Guanyu Zhou finally has his first win in Formula 2, though it wasn't quite how he’d have imagined, with the Sprint Race ending early in Russia after a nasty collision between Luca Ghiotto and Jack Aitken.
Alexander Albon and Nicholas Latifi’s respective afternoons in Sochi have become a little bit trickier after they were handed five-place grid penalties for gearbox changes ahead of the Russian Grand Prix.
Valtteri Bottas scored his first F1 win in Russia in 2017. It’s a result that has a special place in his heart and provided him with his most treasured possession. In a feature originally run in the Russian Grand Prix race programme, we thought we’d find out what else the Finn loves – and hates! – ahead of the latest race at the Sochi Autodrom…