A damp 2021 Turkish Grand Prix saw Valtteri Bottas take his first Formula 1 victory since the 2020 Russian GP, as the Finn led at Istanbul Park from start to finish. 

Everyone started on intermediate tyres and with Hamilton making a charge up the field from 11th place, a late stop dripped the seven-time world champion down to fifth position. 

Elsewhere, Sergio Perez did battle with Hamilton and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc to take third position and Max Verstappen had a fairly comfortable afternoon in second place.

F1 Turkish GP 2021 – Full Race Results

DriverTeamTimePoints
1Valtteri BottasMercedes1:31:04.10326
2Max VerstappenRed Bull+14.58418
3Sergio PerezRed Bull+33.47115
4Charles LeclercFerrari+37.81412
5Lewis HamiltonMercedes+41.81210
6Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri+44.2928
7Lando NorrisMcLaren+47.2136
8Carlos SainzFerrari+51.5264
9Lance StrollAston Martin+82.0182
10Esteban OconAlpine1 Lap1
11Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo1 Lap0
12Kimi RaikkonenAlfa Romeo1 Lap0
13Daniel RicciardoMcLaren1 Lap0
14Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri1 Lap0
15George RussellWilliams1 Lap0
16Fernando AlonsoAlpine1 Lap0
17Nicholas LatifiWilliams1 Lap0
18Sebastian VettelAston Martin1 Lap0
19Mick SchumacherHaas2 Laps0
20Nikita MazepinHaas2 Laps0

Reaction from Bottas

It was a straightforward afternoon for Bottas who made no mistakes and converted first place on the grid to first place at the chequered flag to bag his first win in over a year for Mercedes. 

“It’s been a while but feels good,” Bottas said after the race.

“From my side, it was one of the best races I’ve had – ever. Apart from that one little slide I’ve had everything under control.

“The car was good in every condition, really good confidence in it. I’m glad everything went smooth for once for me. It was nice.

“When only one drying line, it doesn’t need much to go off. I definitely needed to focus all through the race. A difficult one, but feels like a well-earned victory.”

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