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Valtteri Bottas says his 81-race wait to take his maiden Formula 1 victory was "definitely" worth it after scoring his breakthrough win in Russia on Sunday.

Bottas charged from third place on the grid to beat the Ferrari pair of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen to victory at the Sochi Autodrom, making him the fifth Finnish driver to win an F1 grand prix.

The breakthrough came in Bottas' fourth race for Mercedes after joining over the winter in place of world champion Nico Rosberg, who announced his shock retirement in December.

"Amazing. It took quite a while, more than 80 races for me, but definitely worth the wait and worth the learning curve," Bottas said on the podium after the race.

2017 F1 Drivers' and Constructors' standings following the Russian Grand Prix (Round 4 of 20)

"This strange opportunity came to me in the winter to join this team, and they made it possible today, so really want to thank the team. Without them it wouldn't be possible. It feels amazing.

"We've had a tricky beginning of the year. The fight with Ferrari, again today, was very close. We managed to be on top, but we have to keep pushing. We have to keep finishing with both cars all the time one and two. Just very, very happy now."

Of the four other Finns that have won F1 races, three - Raikkonen, Mika Hakkinen and Keke Rosberg - have gone on to win the world championship, acting as a good omen for Bottas.

"For me that's the only goal in my career. We'll keep pushing for that," Bottas said when reminded of Finland's championship record in F1.

 

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