ISTANBUL — Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas gained the Turkish Grand Prix for his first victory of the season on Sunday, whereas Red Bull’s Max Verstappen completed second to reclaim the general lead from title rival Lewis Hamilton.
Verstappen 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. Sergio Perez capped a robust day for Red Bull by ending in third place.
Defending champion Hamilton misplaced beneficial factors by ending fifth after coming in for a late tire change, regardless of telling his staff he wished to remain on monitor 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.
“Just leave it alone,” he snapped to his race engineer when knowledgeable of Gasly’s hole.
Bottas lastly received the successful 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, yes!” 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 give up that place?” a annoyed Hamilton barked on staff 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 modifications. Sainz Jr. managed to complete a commendable eighth.