ISTANBUL — Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas received the Turkish Grand Prix for his initial victory of the period on Sunday, though Crimson Bull’s Max Verstappen completed 2nd to reclaim the all round lead from title rival Lewis Hamilton.
Verstappen wiped absent Hamilton’s two-level lead and now sales opportunities the Mercedes driver by six details with six races remaining in a thrilling title struggle that could go all the way to the remaining race in Abu Dhabi. Sergio Perez capped a solid working day for Crimson Bull by ending in third area.
Defending champion Hamilton lost precious details by ending fifth following coming in for a late tire modify, despite telling his group he needed to stay on observe when continue to in third.
Hamilton was obtaining progressively agitated as he fell guiding Leclerc and with Pierre Gasly’s AlphaTauri getting on him.
“Just leave it by yourself,” he snapped to his race engineer when educated of Gasly’s hole.
Bottas eventually got the winning emotion all over again when he overtook Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc with about a dozen laps remaining, clinching his initial victory because the Russian GP in September past yr.
“Haha, indeed!” Bottas shouted following his tenth job get and a significantly-required 1 for the duration of a aggravating past period with Mercedes ahead of joining Alfa Romeo next yr.
To cap it off he clocked the speediest lap on the five.three-kilometer (three.three-mile) Istanbul Park circuit beneath a gray sky amid persistent drizzle.
Hamilton eventually arrived in for new tires on Lap fifty one but did not agree with the final decision.
“Why did you give up that area?” a disappointed Hamilton barked on group radio applying an expletive.
Leclerc arrived in previously than Hamilton and positioned fourth, lacking out on a 14th job podium. Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. and McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo begun from the back following full engine improvements. Sainz Jr. managed to complete a commendable eighth.
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