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Valtteri Bottas has added his name to the illustrious list of Formula 1 race winners following a controlled victory in Sunday's Russian Grand Prix for Mercedes.

In just his fourth race for the German marque, Bottas managed to jump from third on the grid to seize the lead on the first lap after outdragging pole-sitter Sebastian Vettel before moving clear at the front.

Bottas dominated the opening stint of the race, but Vettel was able to claw it back through the final stages on the super-soft tyre and pile pressure on his rival, even getting a DRS boost on the second-to-last lap.

Bottas soaked up the pressure and kept cool to record his first F1 victory, finishing 0.6 seconds clear of Vettel at the flag to become Finland's fifth grand prix winner.
The start saw Bottas make use of the long run to Turn 2 and get a slipstream on Vettel before duking to the inside and seizing the lead. Kimi Raikkonen found himself under pressure in the second Ferrari from Lewis Hamilton, but was able to hold position and keep the Briton back.

The early fighting at the front of the pack was soon defused by the safety car, called following a clash between Romain Grosjean and Jolyon Palmer at Turn 2. The pair were both eliminated on the spot, joining the frustrated Fernando Alonso on the sidelines, with the Spaniard failing to start after a power unit problem caused him to stop en route to the grid.

Bottas was able to get a jump on Vettel at the restart to quickly open up a healthy lead to the Ferrari driver, moving three seconds clear in the laps that followed. Raikkonen continued to hold on to third ahead of Hamilton, who was struggling with the temperature on his car as it ran too high. There was no pressure from behind, though, in the race for fifth, with Daniel Ricciardo being forced out early on by a brake failure.

As the race neared half distance, Bottas' advantage over Vettel began to shrink thanks to a combination of his tyres blistering and traffic from lapped cars ahead. Vettel was able to whittle the gap down to just two seconds, only to hit traffic himself and give Bottas some breathing room once again.

Bottas was the first to blink, pitting at the end of Lap 27 for a fresh set of super-soft tyres. A rapid turnaround from the Mercedes crew piled pressure on Ferrari, particularly with Bottas running in clear air. The Italian squad did not bring Vettel in immediately, instead keeping him out for a number of extra laps in the hope of getting the overcut on Bottas, who was responding with a set of strong laps.

The catalyst for Vettel pitting was team-mate Raikkonen, who after swapping to the super-soft tyre began to lay down a rapid pace, faster even than that of Bottas. Sensing Mercedes might not be so strong on the red-walled tyre, Ferrari opted to bring Vettel in at the end of Lap 34, giving him 17 laps to try and reel the Finn in.

Vettel soon began to get a move on, lighting the timesheets purple to whittle the gap down to less than four seconds. The German found another chunk of time when Bottas ran wide at Turn 13, allowing the gap to fall to less than two seconds. With older tyres and under pressure to take his first F1 win, victory was far from assured for Bottas.

Vettel was able to close the gap down to just one second entering the final few laps before getting a DRS boost with two to go, putting Bottas' win hopes at risk. Despite having his mirrors filled with the scarlet red Ferrari, Bottas kept cool and was able to move clear again when he got DRS off former team-mate Felipe Massa - who was being lapped - giving him breathing space en route to the flag.

Bottas crossed the line 0.6 seconds clear of Vettel to record his first grand prix victory, becoming Finland's fifth race winner in the process and its first since Kimi Raikkonen's success at the 2013 Australian Grand Prix.

Raikkonen ensured there were two Finns on the podium by finishing third in the second Ferrari, 10 seconds behind Vettel, while Hamilton endured a rather lonely race en route to fourth place for Mercedes. Hamilton now sits 13 points back from Vettel in the drivers' championship.

Max Verstappen wound up fifth for Red Bull, acting as the team's sole finisher following Daniel Ricciardo's early retirement. Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon continued Force India's scoring streak in sixth and seventh, coming home ahead of Nico Hulkenberg. Felipe Massa was set to finish sixth, only for a slow puncture to force him into a second stop that resigned him to ninth place at the flag. Carlos Sainz Jr. rounded out the points for Toro Rosso.

Lance Stroll picked up his first F1 finish in 11th, narrowly missing out on a point, while home favourite Daniil Kvyat was 12th for Toro Rosso. Kevin Magnussen and Stoffel Vandoorne finished 13th and 14th respectively, both a lap down. Vandoorne was McLaren's sole finisher after Fernando Alonso failed to start the race due to an ERS issue that forced him to stop on the formation lap. Marcus Ericsson and Pascal Wehrlein were the last classified finishers for Sauber in P15 and P16 respectively.

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