Tag Archives: Bottas

Bottas fastest in 1st practice for Azerbaijan GP

BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes was fastest in the first practice session for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix on Friday. Bottas was 0.035 seconds ahead of Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, who is looking to follow up on victory in the last race in China. Sergio Perez of Force India went third fastest on his last lap, 0.833 seconds off ...

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Vettel ‘had to try’ to pass Bottas

Sebastian Vettel Sebastian Vettel says he had to try to pass race leader Valtteri Bottas in the closing stages of the Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix. Leading at the final restart with four laps remaining, Bottas came under fire from Vettel as they braked for the first corner. However, in his attempt to pass, the Ferrari driver locked a brake and ...

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Bottas deserved to win – Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton said Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas deserved to win the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. Hamilton won the race and took the title lead for the first time this year after the Finn suffered a puncture. The Englishman said: “He has been driving exceptionally well and he did the better job and deserved the win but circumstances prevented that. “I have ...

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Hamilton: Bottas deserved the victory in Azerbaijan

Valtteri Bottas was robbed of victory in Baku Lewis Hamilton conceded that his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas should have been standing on the top step of the podium at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. Hamilton scored an unlikely first win of the season following a chaotic finish in Baku that saw leader Bottas and contender Sebastian Vettel hit trouble in the ...

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Verstappen crashes as Bottas fastest

Max Verstappen’s difficult start to the season continued with a crash in first practice at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. The Red Bull driver, who has had major incidents in all three races, lost control at Turn Three early in the session and smashed into the barriers. Team-mate Daniel Ricciardo was fastest at the time and ended up second behind Mercedes’ ...

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Does Bottas lack that killer instinct?

F1 driver Jolyon Palmer, who left Renault at the end of 2017, joins the BBC team this season to offer insight and analysis from the point of view of the competitors. Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas will be heading to the Chinese Grand Prix this weekend with contrasting emotions after their intense battle for victory in Bahrain on Sunday. Vettel ...

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Vettel holds off Bottas in tense Bahrain GP finish

Sebastian Vettel Sebastian Vettel held off a late charge from Valtteri Bottas to claim victory in a thrilling Bahrain Grand Prix. The Ferrari driver controlled the race from pole but faced a nervous final 10 laps as a decision to one-stop and fit soft compound rubber left him vulnerable to the medium-shod Mercedes of Bottas. Vettel led Bottas for the ...

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Revised grid after Bottas gearbox change

Valtteri Bottas crashed at Turn 2 during Qualifying pic: Formula 1 Twitter Valtteri Bottas is set to start the Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix from 15th position after incurring a penalty for a gearbox change. The Mercedes driver suffered a heavy crash in the final segment of qualifying at Albert Park when he lost control through Turns 1 and ...

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Bottas changed Mercedes’ opinion on team-mates

Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton in Hungary Valtteri Bottas’ working relationship with Lewis Hamilton has caused Mercedes to reconsider its approach to intra-team rivalries, says team boss Toto Wolff. Hamilton and 2016 Formula 1 world champion Nico Rosberg experienced an increasingly acrimonious relationship during the German’s tenure. Multiple controversies developed between the two, concerning the use of engine modes, pit ...

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Bottas leads Mercedes 1-2 in Abu Dhabi

Valtteri Bottas Valtteri Bottas has won the Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at Yas Marina to head a Mercedes 1-2 ahead of team-mate Lewis Hamilton. Bottas led from pole, only ceding top spot during the pit sequence, before absorbing Hamilton’s pressure for the remainder of the race to claim his third win of the year. World champion Hamilton crossed ...

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