F1, Turkish GP – Bottas: “One of my best races”. Verstappen: “Difficult to stay awake …”

The Finn is back on the top step after more than a year: “This is a victory that I have earned and deserved”. Max: “The track was slippery and we had to manage the tires without being able to push”

A race played entirely on the grip of the intermediate tires, on which to build a calculated risk strategy. Valtteri Bottas wins the Formula 1 Turkish Grand Prix and returns to the top step of the podium one year after his last success, Sochi 2020. “It’s been a long time since the last time and I feel good, this it is a victory that I have earned and deserved ”.

Handling with caution

Starting from pole, the Finn managed his tires with extreme caution, with a pit stop on lap 37 which allowed him to manage until the end of the race. “It was one of the best races I’ve ever had, I’ve always been in full control. When there is only one trajectory that dries you have to stay focused throughout the race. It wasn’t easy to choose the right strategy, we chose the best time to stop, and everything went smoothly ”

the irony of Max

The second place of Max Verstappen is even more positive in terms of the championship, returning to the top of the standings, with an advantage now of 6 points over Hamilton. His second place at the finish is worth a win. “The most difficult phase during the GP? Stay awake ”. The Dutchman immediately goes beyond the irony, who in the hot interviews after the arrival tells of a rather serious commitment at the wheel: “It was not easy today, the track was slippery and we had to manage the tires without being able to push. Bottas had a better pace, but I’m happy for second because it was easy to make mistakes. I’m happy to be on the podium ”. The look at the six races remaining at the end of the championship is inevitable: “It has been a close battle for the whole year and it will be like this in Austin as well. We have to push and try to improve, then we’ll see what the final result will be. It has been a very good season so far ”

Sergio’s concreteness

The confirmation of the solid performance for the Red Bull team comes from Sergio Perez’s third place: “I fought with Hamilton and Leclerc after a good start, it was one of those races in which to have patience and manage the tires well because we didn’t know how they would react. Leclerc? He is a very good driver so it’s very nice to fight with him ”, concluded the Mexican.

Order of arrival

Order of arrival of the Turkish GP:

1. Bottas (Mercedes) 58 giri 1h31’04”103
2. Verstappen (Red Bull) a 14”584
3. Perez (Red Bull) at 33 ”471
4. Leclerc (Ferrari) a 37”814
5. Hamilton (Mercedes) a 41”812
6. Gasly (AlphaTauri) a 44”292
7. Norris (McLaren) a 47”213
8. Sainz (Ferrari) at 51 ”526
9. Stroll (Aston Martin) a 1’22”018.
10. Ocon (Alpine) a 1 giro
11. Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo) at 1 lap
12. Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo) at 1 turn
13. Ricciardo (McLaren) to 1 turn
14. Tsoda (AlphaTauri) a 1 giro
15. Russell (Williams) a 1 giro
16. Alonso (Alpine) 1 lap
17. Latifi (Williams) 1 lap
18. Vettel (Aston Martin) a 1 giro
19. Schumacher (Haas) a 2 giro
20. Mazepin (Haas) a 2 giri

World rankings

These are the championship standings after the Turkish GP:

1. Verstappen (Ola) punti 262.5
2. Hamilton (GB) 256,5
3. Bottas (Fin) 177
4. Norris (GB) 145
5. Perez (Month) 135
6. Sainz (Spa) 116.5
7. Leclerc (Mon) 116
8. Ricciardo (Aus) 95
9. Gasly (Fra) 74
10. Alonso (Spa) 58
11. Ocon (Fra) 46
12. Vettel (Ger) 35
13. Stroll (Can) 26
14. Tsunoda (Gia) 18
15. Russell (GB) 16
16. Latifi (Can) 7
17. Raikkonen (Fin) 6
18. Giovinazzi (Ita) 1

Builders
1. Mercedes 433,5
2. Red Bull 397,5
3. McLaren 240
4. Ferrari 232,5
5. Alpine 104
6. AlphaTauri 92
7. Aston Martin 61
8. Williams 23
9. Alfa Romeo 7
10. Haas 0

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