Bottas’ Gains Over Championship Protagonists Verstappen-Hamilton Since Alfa Romeo F1 Announcement

Published 10/12/2021, 11:48 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Intercity Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – October 10, 2021 Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas celebrates with champagne on the podium after winning the race REUTERS/Umit Bektas


Valtteri Bottas’ win at the Turkish GP was a long time coming. As the internet celebrates their Mercedes driver’s first victory of the season, a lot of connections were made. While one of them included the fact that Bottas hilariously won on Porridge Day. The clean win also meant more points for Bottas, making him the driver with the most points over the last three races.

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Bottas’s shift to Alfa Romeo was announced a month ago, ahead of the weekend at Monza. Ever since, it seems like Bottas is on a mission to show Mercedes what they are going to miss out on. He won the sprint qualifying in Monza and made his way to the podium from P20. Although Russia botched what would have been an impressive streak, the race at the Park more than made up for it.

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The impressive run puts Valtteri ahead of the championship protagonists in points over the last three races. With 51 points in the bag since Monza, Bottas is on the trajectory to add more to the tally over the next six rounds.

Valtteri Bottas’ 10th victory at Turkey

A clean, effortless win for Bottas; from the pole position to the checkered flag. Besides the minor tussle with Charles Leclerc, the trophy had Bottas’ name on it from the start. The Finn too, claimed this to be his best one yet. ‘“I think from my side, I have to say, probably one of the best races I’ve had ever.”

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Bottas is relieved to have won before his shift from Brackley to Hinwil“It feels… awesome. It feels good and I don’t know, almost like a relief that I actually won a race this year.”

Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Intercity Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – October 10, 2021 Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas crosses the line to win the race REUTERS/Murad Sezer

Additionally, it had been over an entire calendar year since Bottas stepped on the top step of the rostrum. “It’s been a while–and it was not an easy race win; with these conditions, we just needed to have full focus, non-stop, and I couldn’t do any mistakes. Actually, the pace I had was really good, so I was confident with the car.”

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While the feel-good emotions steep in the Finn, we can only hope he carries the same energy to the remainder of the season. Winning by 15 seconds, Valtteri is confident in his machine. Maybe we can see just one more victory from Bottas before his final Mercedes goodbye.

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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