ISTANBUL (AP) — Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas received the Turkish Grand Prix for his first victory of the season on Sunday, whereas Pink Bull’s Max Verstappen completed second to reclaim the general lead from title rival Lewis Hamilton.
Sergio Perez capped a powerful day for Pink Bull by ending in third place. He wiped away Hamilton’s two-point lead and now leads the Mercedes driver by six factors with six races left in an exciting title battle that might go all the best way to the ultimate race in Abu Dhabi.
Defending champion Hamilton misplaced invaluable factors by ending fifth after coming in for a late tire change, regardless of telling his crew he needed to remain on observe when nonetheless in third.
Hamilton was getting more and more agitated as he fell behind Leclerc and with Pierre Gasly’s AlphaTauri gaining on him.
“Simply go away it alone,” he snapped to his race engineer when knowledgeable of Gasly’s hole.
Bottas lastly bought the profitable feeling once more when he overtook Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc with a couple of dozen laps left, clinching his first victory for the reason that Russian GP in September final 12 months.
“Haha, sure!” Bottas shouted after his tenth profession win and a much-needed one throughout a irritating final season with Mercedes earlier than becoming a member of Alfa Romeo subsequent 12 months.
To cap it off he clocked the quickest lap on the 5.3-kilometer (3.3-mile) Istanbul Park circuit beneath a gray sky amid persistent drizzle.
Hamilton lastly got here in for brand spanking new tires on Lap 51 however didn’t agree with the choice.
“Why did you surrender that place?” a pissed off Hamilton barked on crew radio utilizing an expletive.
Leclerc got here in sooner than Hamilton and positioned fourth, lacking out on a 14th profession podium.
Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. and McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo began from the again after full engine adjustments.
Sainz Jr. managed to complete a commendable eighth.
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