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RECAP: Bottas wins ahead of Verstappen, Hamilton fifth

Valtteri Bottas took the Turkish GP victory at Istanbul Park, with Max Verstappen crossing the line behind him.

The race started under damp conditions with drivers taking the green flag on intermediate tires. Bottas got the better start than Verstappen from the front row and led the field into the first corner. Verstappen slotted in behind Bottas, gradually drifting away from the Finnish driver.

Fernando Alonso’s satisfying qualifying performance was left in tatters after being turned around at turn 1. Pierre Gasly clipped the Spaniard with Sergio Perez on the left of him. Gasly was awarded a 5-second time penalty as a result.

Alonso also received a 5-second time penalty following a collision with Mick Schumacher. Consequentially, the Haas driver tumbled to the back of the field.

Lewis Hamilton climbed quickly up the ranks after starting 11th due to a grid penalty. He sat in fifth place for numerous laps as Bottas continued to lead comfortably ahead of Verstappen.

Hamilton launched an attack on Perez for the 4th position on lap 34. The pair went side by side in a tight battle, but Perez kept the position. The Mexican driver then came in for a pit stop a few laps later.

Charles Leclerc stayed out on track while the other leaders pitted, attempting a zero-stop strategy. However, the Monegasque was over half a second slower than Valtteri Bottas per lap. Bottas reclaimed the lead on lap 47, diving up the inside at turn 1. Leclerc pitted for fresh intermediate tires near the conclusion of the race.

Hamilton stayed out close to the end, but changed tires with eight laps remaining. The Briton re-joined the race in fifth place. The championship leader soon approached a battle for third place between Leclerc and Perez. The Mexican fought ahead of the Ferrari driver. Hamilton reeled Leclerc in as well, but his fresh intermediate tires soon led to struggle. He was unable to pass the Ferrari for the remainder of the race.

Bottas took the race win with relative ease. Verstappen and Perez respectively rounded out the podium.

The results of the F1 Turkish GP:

1Valtteri BottasMercedes1:31:04.103
2Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing+14.584
3Sergio PerezRed Bull Racing+33.471
4Charles LeclercFerrari+37.814
5Lewis HamiltonMercedes+41.812
6Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri+44.292
7Lando NorrisMcLaren+47.213
8Carlos SainzFerrari+51.526
9Lance StrollAston Martin+1’22.018
10Esteban OconAlpine+1 lap
11Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo Racing +1 lap
12Kimi RaikkonenAlfa Romeo Racing +1 lap
13Daniel RicciardoMcLaren +1 lap
14Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri +1 lap
15George RussellWilliams +1 lap
16Fernando AlonsoAlpine +1 lap
17Nicholas LatifiWilliams +1 lap
18Sebastian VettelAston Martin +1 lap
19Mick SchumacherHaas +2 laps
20Nikita MazepinHaas +2 laps
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