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Valtteri Bottas wins Turkish GP 2021; Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez complete the podium

Staring from P11, Lewis Hamilton produced a remarkable drive to eventually finish P5. 

Rohan Gulaty Author

Updated - 10 October 2021 7:47 pm

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas drove a memorable race on Sunday to emerge victorious at Turkish GP 2021 in wet conditions. The Finn, who started at the pole, was at his absolute best at Istanbul Park as he dominated the race right from the beginning. It was a pretty good outing for Red Bull as well as their duo of Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez finished P2 and P3, respectively, to complete the podium.

Notably, Carlos Sainz was voted as driver of the day for his fantastic drive to finish at P8 after starting the race from P19.

Turkish GP 2021 classification

P1 – Valtteri Bottas

P2 – Max Verstappen

P3 – Sergio Perez

P4 – Charles Leclerc

P5 – Lewis Hamilton

P6 – Pierre Gasly

P7 – Lando Norris

P8 – Carlos Sainz

P9 – Lance Stroll

P10 – Esteban Ocon

P11 – Antonio Giovinazzi

P12 – Kimi Raikonnen

P13 – Daniel Ricciardo

P14 – Yuki Tsunoda

P15 – George Russell

P16 – Fernando Alonso

P17 – Nicholas Latifi

P18 – Sebastian Vettel

P19 – Mick Schumacher

P20 – Nikita Mazepin

Lewis Hamilton produces remarkable recovery drive

Despite being the fastest in qualifying, Lewis Hamilton was forced to start Sunday’s race from P11 because of a 10-place grid penalty. However, the 7-time F1 champion produced a remarkable drive to eventually finish P5.

Although it looked like Mercedes were planning for a no-stop race, they eventually decided to pit Hamilton on lap 50, a decision which did not go down well with the driver.

Max Verstappen gets ahead in championship battle

Max Verstappen’s second-place finish assured that he would overtake his championship rival Lewis Hamilton in the F1 driver’s standings. He has now taken a 6-point lead over the defending championship and will be hoping to build on the same going into the final phase of the season. The top five drivers after Turkish GP 2021 are as follows:

1. Max Verstappen – 262.5 points

2. Lewis Hamilton – 256.5 points

3. Valtteri Bottas – 177 points

4. Lando Norris – 145 points

5. Sergio Perez – 135 points

Mercedes retain their position at top of constructors’ standings

Although Red Bull did cut the gap slightly on Mercedes with a double-podium finish on Sunday, the Silver Arrows remained at top at the end of Sunday’s race with a healthy lead of 36 points. The top five teams after Turkish GP 2021 are as follows:

1. Mercedes – 433.5 points

2. Red Bull – 397.5 points

3. McLaren – 240 points

4. Ferrari – 232.5 points

5. Alpine  – 104 points


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