Valtteri Bottas targets F1 title after maiden grand prix win in Russian Federation

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That helped Vettel to close in, but Bottas held on to cross the line 0.6 seconds ahead of the Ferrari. Red Bull is a distant third with 57 points. "Lewis was one of the first to congratulate Valtteri on his first race victory and that shows the respect they have towards each other".

"Now I have my first, hopefully it is the first of many in F1 now that I know how to do it - I think today I proved I can win to the team and also myself".

Bottas, who had previously taken 11 podium finishes without a win, described the performance of one of his best races.

Bottas's first F1 victory in last weekend's Russian Grand Prix prompted warm congratulations from other drivers, but he expects the pleasantries will be shortlived.

"This odd opportunity came to me in the winter to join the team and they made it possible, so I want to thank them".

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"I am delighted [about Bottas's win], but the emotions they came out and it's a little bit bittersweet because Lewis is P4 and we didn't have the pace on his auto and we need to understand why", Wolff told United Kingdom broadcasters Channel 4. "If and when it comes to the championship fight there might be less talking and more fighting on track". Vettel, on 86 points, leads Hamilton by 13 but Bottas is only 10 behind his team-mate on 63 and while discussion before Russian Federation centered on whether team orders would be imposed to favour Hamilton, the win has only strengthened Bottas's resolve to pursue the title.

For Mercedes, the win is a strong response to Ferrari's good early-season pace following its winless 2016.

Red Bull's Dutch teenager Max Verstappen finished fifth with Sergio Perez chalking up his 14th successive points finish for Force India and French team mate Esteban Ocon seventh. Eighth went to Renault's Nico Hulkenberg, with Massa and Toro Rosso's Carlos Sainz claiming the final points. However, after Vettel went in to the pits on lap 34, he managed to make the most of his new set of tyres.

Despite the huge pressure in the closing stages Bottas held firm to become F1's 107th race victor, something Lauda believes deserves enormous credit. On the first lap, Romain Grosjean and Jolyon Palmer collided, knocking both cars out of the race.

Ricciardo told his team over the radio that his "right rear brake [was] on fire".

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