Chequered flag at the Russian Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom, maybe it will be a race that Valtteri Bottas won’t forget on his life, but for the fans will be a race that we wanted to forget really quickly. The lack of overtakes and battles on track gave us a long race without emotion.
Before the start of the race, Fernando Alonso had problems with his McLaren and had to retire his car just before reaching the pitstop, something that caused an extra formation lap for everyone. When we could enjoy the start, Valtteri Bottas was faster than the Ferrari overtaking both drivers, but the chaos was at the back of the grid, where Grosjean touched Palmer, and the Renault driver hit him, causing the retirement of both drivers and the entrance of the safety-car.
After that, the only thing that we saw during the whole Grand Prix was Daniel Ricciardo having problems with his brakes, having to retire after that.
The strategy gave to the whole grid the same tyre choices for everyone, and Valtteri Bottas, who has this track as one of his favorites ones, was controlling the distance between him and Sebastian Vettel, but the podium was not clear enough because Lewis Hamilton wanted to get closer to Kimi Raikkonen, but the british driver had overheating problems with his Mercedes, so he couldn’t overtake him, and even an undercut was not enough to take the podium position.
It’s not a lie that we haven’t seen more overtakes or battles during the whole race, the only thing that really happened was Sebastian Vettel getting close to Bottas on the final laps, but even with the lapped drivers, he couldn’t overtake him.
Valtteri Bottas won his first even F1 race with Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen at the podium. The top 10 was completed with Hamilton, Verstappen, Pérez, Ocon, Hulkenberg, Massa and Sainz.
The next race of the season will be in Europe, the Spanish GP awaits the drivers at the Circuit of Barcelona-Catalunya, let’s see if we have more battles between Mercedes and Ferrari, and at least, a few overtakes.