Valtteri Bottas secured his first win of the season after a dominant run from pole position, with Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez completing the podium for Red Bull while Lewis Hamilton finished fifth.

Due to the rain that fell in the morning, the drivers started the race on intermediate tires, which erased the advantage that had the drivers who went trough on medium tyres in Q3.

Bottas kept the lead at the start ahead of Verstappen and Leclerc while Alonso spun after minor contact with Gasly in the first corner and fell to 17th place.

Alonso also had an incident with Schumacher in the Turn 4 a few laps later after which he fell to 17th place after breaking through to 15th place earlier and Sainz surged to 12th place in the eighth lap after starting from 19th.

In the lap 8, Hamilton finally managed to overtake Tsunoda from the outside of the Turn 3 which gave him an inside in the Turn 4 and Gasly received a five-second penalty for the incident with Alonso.

Hamilton overtook Stroll in the lap 9 to take seventh, Sainz overtook Ocon for 11th and Alonso received a five-second penalty for his Schumacher incident.

Norris did not defend against the much faster Hamilton who passed him on the braking for the Turn 12 in the lap 11 and set the fastest lap while Sainz broke through to the 10th place after overtaking Vettel in the 14th lap.

Hamilton overtook Gasly in lap 15 and got himself into fifth place, seven seconds behind Perez, and Ricciardo entered the pits in lap 22 for new intermediate tyres on which he was slower than on the old ones because there was less and less water on the track.

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Perez leads Hamilton in the 2021 Turkish GP (Photo: Red Bull)

Alonso also enters the pits for new intermediate tyres in lap 32 after serving a five-second penalty and Hamilton attacked Perez in lap 34 who successfully defended in the turns 12, 13 and 14 and regained position in the first corner in lap 35.

Soon other drivers also took new sets of intermediate tyres, but not Leclerc and Hamilton who tried to stay on the track despite high tyre degradation.

Bottas overtook Leclerc for the lead in the lap 48 after which Leclerc entered the pits and at that point only Hamilton (3rd) and Ocon (9th) were not yet in the pits.

Hamilton, however, enters the pits in lap 51 and returns to fifth place, six seconds behind Perez and three seconds ahead of Gasly, and Perez attacks Leclerc and passes him on the brakes for the Turn 12 in a duel for third place.

Bottas convincingly won and achieved the first victory of the season and the ninth podium with an extra point for the fastest lap while Verstappen and Perez finished second and third, Perez making his first podium visit since the French GP and only third this season.

Verstappen took the lead in the drivers’ standings with a six-point lead over Hamilton while Mercedes still leads the constructors’ standings with 36 points more than Red Bull.

Leclerc finished fourth after leading ahead of his tyre change, and a disgruntled Hamilton, who told the team ‘I told you we shouldn’t have changed tyres’ finished fifth and lost the lead in the drivers’ standings.

Gasly had a good race even though he got a five second penalty for the incident with Alonso and managed to finish sixth and Norris had a pretty calm race in seventh place for McLaren.

Sainz made a great breakthrough from 19th place and finished eighth for Ferrari ahead of Stroll in Aston Martin and Ocon in Alpine who was the only one not to change his tyres as drivers don’t have to make a mandatory pitstop in wet race.

Alfa Romeo drivers Giovinazzi and Raikkonen finished 11th and 12th ahead of Ricciardo in McLaren who failed to break through from 20th place while Tsunoda and Russell were 14th and 15th.

Alonso was only 16th after the incident with Gasly and Schumacher, Latifi finished 17th and Vettel only 18th after an unsuccessful attempt to switch to medium tyres.

Schumacher and Mazepin finished in the final two places in a race finished by all drivers, for the second time this season after France.

The next race is scheduled in two weeks in Austin.

TURKISH GP RESULTS

1

77 

Valtteri Bottas

Mercedes

58

2

33 

Max Verstappen

Red Bull/Honda

58

14.584

3

11 

Sergio Pérez

Red Bull/Honda

58

33.471

4

16 

Charles Leclerc

Ferrari

58

37.814

5

44 

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

58

41.812

6

10 

Pierre Gasly

AlphaTauri/Honda

58

44.292

7

Lando Norris

McLaren/Mercedes

58

47.213

8

55 

Carlos Sainz Jr.

Ferrari

58

51.526

9

18 

Lance Stroll

Aston Martin/Mercedes

58

1:22.018

10

31 

Esteban Ocon

Alpine/Renault

57

1 lap

11

99 

A.Giovinazzi

Alfa Romeo/Ferrari

57

1 lap

12

Kimi Räikkönen

Alfa Romeo/Ferrari

57

1 lap

13

Daniel Ricciardo

McLaren/Mercedes

57

1 lap

14

22 

Yuki Tsunoda

AlphaTauri/Honda

57

1 lap

15

63 

George Russell

Williams/Mercedes

57

1 lap

16

14 

Fernando Alonso

Alpine/Renault

57

1 lap

17

Nicholas Latifi

Williams/Mercedes

57

1 lap

18

Sebastian Vettel

Aston Martin/Mercedes

57

1 lap

19

47 

Mick Schumacher

Haas/Ferrari

56

2 laps

20

Nikita Mazepin

Haas/Ferrari

56

2 laps

Fastest lap: Valtteri Bottas – 1:30.432 (lap 58)

DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP AFTER 16/22 RACES

1

Max Verstappen

262.5  

18

25

18

19

25

26

25

26

3

2

12.5

25

2

18

18

2

Lewis Hamilton

256.5  

25

19

25

25

7

18

19

12

27

18

7.5

19

25

10

3

Valtteri Bottas

177  

16

16

15

12

15

18

16

15

18

10

26

4

Lando Norris

145  

12

15

10

4

15

10

10

10

15

12

1

18

7

6

5

Sergio Pérez

135  

10

12

10

12

25

15

12

8

4

10

2

15

6

Carlos Sainz Jr.

116.5  

4

10

6

18

4

8

10

8

15

0.5

6

8

15

4

7

Charles Leclerc

116  

8

12

8

12

12

6

4

18

2

10

12

12

8

Daniel Ricciardo

95  

6

8

2

8

2

8

6

10

6

27

12

9

Pierre Gasly

74  

6

1

1

8

15

6

2

11

4

12

8

10

Fernando Alonso

58  

1

4

8

4

2

1

6

12

8

4

8

11

Esteban Ocon

46  

2

6

2

2

2

25

3

2

1

1

12

Sebastian Vettel

35  

10

18

2

5

13

Lance Stroll

26  

1

4

4

1

4

4

6

2

14

Yuki Tsunoda

18  

2

6

1

1

8

15

George Russell

16  

4

9

2

1

16

Nicholas Latifi

7  

6

1

17

Kimi Räikkönen

6  

1

1

4

18

A.Giovinazzi

1  

1

19

Mick Schumacher

0  

20

Robert Kubica

0  

21

Nikita Mazepin

0  

CONSTRUCTORS’ CHAMPIONSHIP

1

Mercedes

433.5  

41

19

41

40

7

30

34

30

43

18

7.5

34

18

35

36

2

Red Bull/Honda

397.5  

28

25

30

29

37

25

41

37

34

3

2

12.5

29

12

20

33

3

McLaren/Mercedes

240  

18

23

12

12

15

12

18

10

21

22

6

1

45

19

6

4

Ferrari

232.5  

12

22

8

18

18

16

14

14

26

15

2.5

16

20

15

16

5

Alpine/Renault

104  

3

10

2

2

8

4

2

1

8

37

3

10

5

8

1

6

AlphaTauri/Honda

92  

2

6

1

1

8

21

6

1

2

1

19

4

12

8

7

Aston Martin/Mercedes

61  

1

4

14

18

3

4

4

5

6

2

8

Williams/Mercedes

23  

10

10

2

1

9

Alfa Romeo/Ferrari

7  

1

1

1

4

10

Haas/Ferrari

0  

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