Valtteri Bottas was voted Driver of the Weekend following his breakthrough victory in last week?s Russian Grand Prix.
It?s the fifth time Bottas has been named Driver of the Weekend but the first time he?s topped the poll since he finished second at the Hockenheimring in 2014 by splitting the two Mercedes drivers.
Here?s why almost 80% of F1 Fanatic readers named him the best driver of last weekend?s grand prix.
Valtteri Bottas?s Russian Grand Prix weekend
Bottas seized his chanceThe Ferraris were quick in Russia, heading every practice session. Bottas has always gone well at Sochi, and set the pace in the early part of practice, but was pipped by both the red cars in Q3. He was less than a tenth of a second off pole position.
He made a superb start, however, and used the long run and the headwind to great effect. Having easily picked off Kimi Raikkonen he also out-dragged Sebastian Vettel to turn one.
Having taken the lead, Bottas was able to wield the excellent pace on the ultra-soft tyres he demonstrated in practice on Friday. Vettel edges closer to him towards the end of the first stint, and ran longer, but wasn?t able to jump ahead of the Mercedes driver as Bottas made light work of traffic.
Bottas made arguably his only mistake of the weekend when he locked up on his set of super-soft tyres, giving Vettel an opportunity to close. He withstood considerable pressure to maintain his lead and deliver an impressive breakthrough triumph.
I think Raikkonen summed it up best getting Bottas and Hamilton mixed up. If someone told you their result was the other way round I?d happily sing Hamiltons praise, stealing a win from the faster Ferrari?s while the teammate brought the car home in the position it belonged in.
Bottas thoroughly outperformed Hamilton this weekend, I didn?t expect that strong a showing from him so soon but I had a feeling he might have more potential Than Rosberg ever had. No ?DRS glitch? to explain this one, just the better driver and he soaked up the pressure from Vettel like a champion. Well deserved and hopefully the first of many.
I was wondering why Bottas did not pass Massa earlier, as it seems he could have. But he had Vettel on his tail and knew that Vettel would have the DRS on the main straight and made sure he?d have that as well by staying behind the back marker in the parts where Vettel could not pass him.
Top job by Valtteri. It should not go unnoticed that Valtteri lost two seconds of his five-second lead on Vettel when one earlier backmarker held him up in the twisty bits while Vettel passed same backmarker with DRS on the straight, gaining rather than losing from it. But Bottas did not curse on the radio and kept his middle finger on the wheel.
He deserves driver of the weekend not only for his driving skills, but also for being best of all in manners.
Have to give it to Bottas. Vettel a contender as well due to excellent qualification (after all, it is driver of the weekend).
But the Mercedes was simply quick enough in the tow after the start, and then Bottas was very fast in his first stint (surprisingly so).
Russian Grand Prix winners and losers
Better off out? Alonso broke down on the formation lapFew other drivers stood out in an otherwise unmemorable race though the Force India pair won some praise.
An honourable mention to the Force India drivers. The car this year is for between ninth and twelfth place. Yet somehow they deliver.
Force India are showing race after race how having two good drivers is important if you are chasing points in the midfield. As to who was the best driver, i?ll go with Vettel. Obviously good job by Bottas and Hulkenberg.
The driver who retied before the race even started didn?t miss much.
Perez, Hulkenberg and Sainz seemed to do a pretty good race but we saw too little of them.
So who is Driver of the Weekend? Of course Alonso, for avoiding the race altogether, it was so awful.
Valtteri Bottas?s Driver of the Weekend wins from 2011 to date
Driver of the weekend: The Twitter verdict
The widespread praise for Bottas continued on Twitter as well.
Just managed to catch the F1. Super happy for Bottas. So well deserved
? Ali Smith (@40_thieves) April 30, 2017
Brilliant finishes in 6th and 7th for Sergio Perez & @OconEsteban. Staying up till 5 fr d race didn’t disappoint @ForceIndiaF1 #RussianGP
? Kevin Vira (@kevinvira) April 30, 2017
Congratulations @ValtteriBottas on your 1st F1 win, amazing drive fantastic result ?? x
? Deborah David (@Debbz92) April 30, 2017
So great to see Bottas get his first F1 win, with a fantastic overtake on the first lap! Well deserved 🙂 #RussiaGP #C4F1
? Tom Price (@tompricedrummer) April 30, 2017
Catching up on the F1 race from today. Alonso didn’t even start. Maybe he’ll jump ship to IndyCar depending how he does at the 500.
? Nick C Howell (@nickchowell) April 30, 2017
Better race @lance_stroll, keep moving up every race. #Canada #F1
? Sully (@Sullyvanov) April 30, 2017
Don’t think Jolyon Palmer will be an F1 driver next year. Doesn’t have the race craft in my opinions. Average driver. #SkyF1
? Miguel (@18Miguel10) April 30, 2017
Congrats @ValtteriBottas! Amazing start, immaculate race #F1
? Martin Beynon (@martin_beynon) April 30, 2017
All things being equal in F1, perhaps some? drivers aren’t as good as we are led to believe. Chuffed to bits for Valtteri. #humbleguy#bottas
? dudsey (@dudsey_) April 30, 2017
Everyone needs to stop complaining about @MassaFelipe19 #RussianGP #F1
? Margaret Wu (@WuMargaret) April 30, 2017
Congrats to Bottas on first win, but the race wasn’t very exciting, from what I seen there was not a single overtake after lap 1 #F1
? Dan ‘JC’ (@TheSamuraiJC) April 30, 2017
Amazing race by @ValtteriBottas but other than that where was the overtaking #disappointing #Formula1 #RussianGP
? Gemma Staples (@gembooo19) April 30, 2017
Massive congratulations to @ValtteriBottas on his first win in #F1. Well deserved and hopefully the first of many for the Finn.
? Manish Patel (@Baggies20) April 30, 2017
Massa should have clearly moved out of the way when he knew they were both racing very close to each other #RussiaGP @F1
? Arnab Roy (Arnie) (@MegaArnab) April 30, 2017
Sad to see @alo_oficial not even start the race today. Legend in the sport. Deserves better. #McLaren #Honda #F1 #disapponting #legend
? Stotty© (@Stotty2910) April 30, 2017
Enough already. #JolyonPalmer needs to go. #RussianGP. #F1.
? KabalGuy! ??? (@kabalguy) April 30, 2017
Such a disgusting end from Massa, it was such a good conflict between Vettel and Bottas but bloody hell way to go williams???#F1 #RussianGP
? Bridgette Rist? (@rainbowfreak_x) April 30, 2017
Shock horror? #f1 ‘driver’ palmer crashes out on turn 2 of lap 1. #StealingALiving
? Jody (@J_Robzz) April 30, 2017
Well done @ValtteriBottas on winning his maiden #F1 #GrandPrix #RussianGP?.
? Satish (@scg11) April 30, 2017
Fantastic drive from @ValtteriBottas , A well deserved first win. Hope this is the first of many ? Congratulations Valtteri ? #RussianGP
? Dan Gates (@IndieGates) April 30, 2017
Congratulations to @ValtteriBottas on his first (and fabulous) #F1 win at Sochi! #TeamMercedes
? Jess Hutton (@JessLHutton) April 30, 2017
Fantastic to see Bottas getting a well deserved win such a nice guy #RussianGP @lee2050 @JensonButton @LewisHamilton
? Dawn Milford (@DawnMilford02) April 30, 2017
Congratulations to @ValtteriBottas great win today at the #RussianGP so well deserved ! ????
? [email protected] (@AWOEOfficial) April 30, 2017
Such a good race at the #RussianGP today. Was sure #Seb5 was going to pip @ValtteriBottas to first. But congrats on the win! ?
? Hayley Moore (@HaylzMoore92) April 30, 2017
Just caught up on the #RussianGP. All I have to say is people said that Bottas wasn’t a good fit for Mercedes. I knew he was the guy!
? CASEMSTR (@_CASEMSTR) April 30, 2017
It is simply outrageous for #F1 fans that McLaren can’t give @alo_oficial a car that starts a race. Just embarrassing. Will lend him my car.
? SuburbanGent (@SuburbanGentUK) April 30, 2017
Well done to @ValtteriBottas for winning his first Grand Prix this weekend! No one can diminish the Finnish finish! #SkyF1 #F1 #RussiaGP
? Calum Fairweather (@calumf1991) April 30, 2017
Hopefully @RGrosjean apologized to Palmer. Didn’t look like from the replay that palmer turned into you. #F1 #RussianGP
? Remington Hudson (@RemiCloud9) April 30, 2017
Delighted for @ValtteriBottas in grabbing his first F1 win ? withstood massive pressure from Seb Vettel. First of many hopefully #RussianGP
? Paul Stubbs (@Paul_S82) April 30, 2017
Surprised Ocon did not even get a mention today #RussianGP! Brilliant 7th place!
? Ben Hanekom (@StarWors_F1) April 30, 2017
What has been wrong with Hamilton this weekend. Over 30 seconds behind your teammate ?#F1
? Ollie Davies (@OllieDavies631) April 30, 2017
Unacceptable behaviour from vettel. C’mon he is competing too in d race n if u r 1 of d world’s best u should know how to pass @F1 #Formula1
? Sheldon Bob (@SheldonJBob) April 30, 2017
Everyone was so focused on Bottas winning his first, no one noticed that Lance Stroll finished a race for the first time this year #F1
? Mohammad Rmeity (@MohammadRmeity) April 30, 2017
I feel well gutted for Palmer at the moment. I’m sure he’ll turn it around though. #palmer #F1
? Hannah (@hanreidy27) April 30, 2017
I was very surprised by the strategy @HulkHulkenberg had! 40 laps on USED UltraSofts! Mind blowing! @Pirelli @renaoliviatilli #RussianGP
? Chirag Khanna (@Chirag5Khanna) April 30, 2017
Are @ForceIndiaF1 the nicest team in #F1?! @SChecoPerez and @OconEsteban are both so lovely?well done on the double points today, guys!
? Joannah Barnard (@jarnabarnard) April 30, 2017
Great drive from the Ferrari boys & congratulations to Valterri Bottas #RussianGP
? Bongani Nano (@iamBonganiNano) April 30, 2017
A big well done to Valtteri Bottas on his first F1 win. Thoroughly deserved it and I hope it’s the first of many.
? R. Molloy (@padawanbeck84) April 30, 2017
Great first #F1 win for Bottas! Hamilton must be worried. Is it possible that another driver is faster in the same machinery again??
? Nicol Louw (@NicolL_CARmag) April 30, 2017
Notice that when Hamilton wins he “‘drove a great race’ when he loses like today he ‘was hampered by poor car performance’ #RussianGP
? Linda Wooldridge (@lw00l) April 30, 2017
1st overtake deserves a new contract on its own let alone the outstanding drive he put in to win! @MercedesAMGF1 @ValtteriBottas #f1
? Ray Singfan (@Motamaaf) April 30, 2017
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