Mercedes: No 'extra aggravation' with Bottas

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He was very, very quick all race, no mistakes.

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas secured his maiden Formula 1 victory by holding off a late charge from Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel in the Russian Grand Prix.

Bottas overcame four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari who was expected to win the race following his impressive showing during the practices in Sochi and in the qualifying race wherein he landed the pole position. This odd opportunity came to me in the winter to join this team and they made it possible today'.

The win at Sochi came in the 27-year-old's 81st start and has ensured he is very much in the championship fight. And we need to keep pushing with both cars, all the time.

Bottas began the race by slipstreaming Vettel at the start and passed him, taking the lead for a very comfortable 28 laps, widening the gap as high as 3.7 seconds by lap 28.

Mercedes driver Bottas, who started third but snatched the lead on the first lap, finished 0.6 seconds ahead of Ferrari's Vettel.

2017 Russian Formula 1 qualifying results

"Now I have my first, hopefully it is the first of many in F1 now that I know how to do it - I think today I proved I can win to the team and also myself", he said.

It was a day to forget for Hamilton and yet another one for Fernando Alonso and his red-faced McLaren team.

Fernando Alonso continued to struggle with his McLaren-Honda race auto as the driver reported loss of power during the formation lap itself.

The safety auto was then deployed after a collision between Renault's Jolyon Palmer and Haas's Romain Grosjean put both out, and the race settled down into a procession before the nail-biting finale.

Red Bull are a distant third at present, with Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo fifth and sixth in the standings, but they too could get back into the mix if impending upgrades to their engine and chassis are as good as they hope. Felipe Massa and Sainz Jr. rounded out the top ten point finishers.

"Getting the first win is something special, even though you always believe in yourself, because there's no point being here or doing this if you don't believe in your skill", he told reporters. I defended the inside, but by the time we approached the braking zone he was in front and shut the door. He stated. "Obviously slipstreaming inside turn one, that was OK".

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