Valtteri Bottas secured his first career win after he overtook both Ferraris from the third starting place and won despite the late pressure of Sebastian Vettel in Ferrari.
In the classic one stop race, the most important events took place at the start of the race and in the middle of the race when the leading drivers made their only stops. Bottas grabbed the lead before the first braking zone, covered the inside line and converted it into his first F1 victory in his fifth season.
Fernando Alonso has retired in the warm up lap due to another power unit problem for Honda, causing drivers to take another lap before the start of the race.
Bottas got off to a great start and immediately passed Raikkonen, and catched extra speed behind Vettel and passed him on the outside before the second corner.
In the first round there was a collision between Palmer and Grosjean who didn’t continue the race, causing the safety car to go out and neutralise the race once again.
After safety car pulled in, Bottas kept the lead in front of Vettel, Raikkonen, Hamilton and Verstappen while Daniel Ricciardo retired in fifth lap because of the burning rear brakes.
Lewis Hamilton had engine overheating problems for which he could not push part of the first stint and Bottas built a several seconds lead ahead of Vettel in Ferrari.
Bottas came first in the pits in lap 28, as he had 2.5 seconds ahead of Vettel, and Raikkonen entered a lap later and came back behind Bottas.
Vettel’s first and only pitstop happened in lap 35 when he replaced his ultrasofts with supersoft, just like everybody else, and started his chase of Valtteri Bottas.
Bottas strongly blocked the front left wheel in the 13th corner and helped Vettel to cut his lead to two seconds. But despite having faster car with seven laps fresher tyres, Vettel did not manage to attack Bottas.
Bottas won less than a second ahead of Vettel and 11 seconds ahead of Raikkonen while Hamilton finished fourth after an bad weekend in Russia and overheating problems that hampered him in the race.
Max Verstappen had a lonely fifth place race with more than 20 seconds advantage ahead of Perez and Ocon, and Hulkenberg won four points for Renault after finishing eighth, which is the second race in a row to score points for Renault.
Force India has continued an impressive 2017 form since they scored in all four races of this year with both cars, and in Russia they won the highest number of points (14) so far.
Felipe Massa finished in ninth place after splitting two Red Bull drivers in qualifying and Carlos Sainz won the final point in Toro Rosso.
RUSSIAN GP RESULTS
Fastest lap: Kimi Raikkonen: 1:36.844 (lap 49)
|Red Bull TAG Heuer
|Force India Mercedes
|Toro Rosso Renault