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Russian GP Review and Full Recap (Part 3)

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Lap 46:


Lap 47: The fight is still going on, as Gasly overtakes Norris for 9th. Norris ends up locking up and is forced to pit.

Lap 48:

Verstappen takes the fastest lap from Bottas. Giovinazzi overtakes Magnussen, who is now trying to fend off Vettel.

Lap 51:

It seems like the only fight now is for non points, which is kinda boring. Raikkonen is now on the back of Vettel, after the latter was hampered by Verstappen lapping him.


Hamilton has received 2 points on his super licence. 2 more and he gets a race ban.

Bottas wins the Russian GP! But it's not over yet, as Albon receives a 5 second penalty! It doesn't matter much as he's 5 seconds ahead of 11th.


Max Verstappen is the driver of the day, with 13% of the vote!



Hamilton couldn't do anything about that penalty today, and Mercedes has admitted he did do 2 standing starts.


The Mexican has looked quick all weekend, and despite dropping some places at the start, managed to make a brilliant move stick on Ricciardo before jumping Ocon in the pit stops. He held on to fourth comfortably ahead of his rivals - and has delivered a rather timely reminder of his talents as he looks to secure a seat for next year.


Ricciardo had an eventful race - he nearly stole P3 from Verstappen on the first lap before losing out to his team mate. He was quicker in the second section of the race, and managed to get back past Ocon and Leclerc to boot despite picking up a penalty for not rejoining the track correctly after locking up into Turn 2.

Fifth is a solid result, but that elusive podium remains tantalisingly just out of reach...


A quick word for Leclerc as well. He was in the thick of the action at the start, tagging Stroll into Turn 4, but managed to go deep into the race before stopping and that set him up well. Despite lacking straight line speed, he was quick enough through the rest of the lap to hold position and came home a spirited sixth in the end.


In 2 races, we've haven't had a single retirement due to mechanical failures. This is a good sign to the future that the cars are handling well.

So, can Bottas carry that momentum forward? Next up is the iconic Nurburgring - although if the forecast doesn't improve, it could be very chilly there in contrast to today.
Hamilton of course will still be chasing Schumacher's overall wins record having failed to match the German today - and where better to do it than at such a historic track, at his team's home race to boot?


1 Valtteri BOTTAS (Mercedes) (WINNER)
2 Max VERSTAPPEN (Red Bull Racing) (+7.729)
3 Lewis HAMILTON (Mercedes) (+22.729)
4 Sergio PEREZ (Racing Point) (+30.558)
5 Daniel RICCIARDO (Renault) (+52.065)
6 Charles LECLERC (Ferrari) (+62.186)
7 Esteban OCON (Renault) (+68.006)
8 Daniil KVYAT (AlphaTauri) (+68.740)
9 Pierre GASLY (AlphaTauri) (+89.766)
10 Alexander ALBON (Red Bull Racing) (+97.860)
11 Antonio GIOVINAZZI (Alfa Romeo Racing) (1 Lap)
12 Kevin MAGNUSSEN (Haas F1 Team) (1 Lap)
13 Sebastian VETTEL (Ferrari) (1 Lap)
14 Kimi RÄIKKÖNEN (Alfa Romeo Racing) (1 Lap)
15 Lando NORRIS (McLaren) (1 Lap)
16 Nicholas LATIFI (Williams) (1 Lap)
17 Romain GROSJEAN (Haas F1 Team) (1 Lap)
18 George RUSSELL (Williams) (1 Lap)
19 Carlos SAINZ (McLaren) (Crashed)
20 Lance STROLL (Racing Point) (Crashed)

My final grade for this race is a 2.5/5. It wasn't as good as the last 2 races, but this was better than the last time we came here. (This is rounded up to 3 for the poll.)

That's it from me!
Do join us again in a couple of weeks time then as Formula 1 returns to Germany, and returns to the Nurburgring. The last time F1 raced there was 2013 when Vettel won in a Red Bull, Grosjean was on the podium in a Lotus and Bottas was still racing for Williams.
He is a Mercedes man now, and the Finn will be looking to take today's momentum forward and reignite this championship fight. Not to be missed!