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Valtteri Bottas wins Turkish GP as Verstappen reclaims the title lead

ISTANBUL — Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas gained the Turkish Grand Prix for his very first victory of the season on Sunday, though Red Bull’s Max Verstappen completed second to reclaim the general lead from title rival Lewis Hamilton.

Verstappen wiped absent Hamilton’s two-place lead and now leads the Mercedes driver by 6 factors with 6 races still left in a thrilling title fight that could go all the way to the remaining race in Abu Dhabi. Sergio Perez capped a potent day for Red Bull by ending in third location.

Defending champion Hamilton shed beneficial factors by ending fifth immediately after coming in for a late tire improve, even with telling his workforce he preferred to stay on monitor when however in third.

Hamilton was having ever more agitated as he fell powering Leclerc and with Pierre Gasly’s AlphaTauri getting on him.

“Just leave it by yourself,” he snapped to his race engineer when knowledgeable of Gasly’s hole.

Bottas at last obtained the winning emotion yet again when he overtook Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc with about a dozen laps still left, clinching his very first victory considering that the Russian GP in September past calendar year.

“Haha, certainly!” Bottas shouted immediately after his tenth career get and a significantly-required just one all through a aggravating past season with Mercedes ahead of signing up for Alfa Romeo upcoming calendar year.

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 at last came in for new tires on Lap 51 but did not agree with the determination.

“Why did you give up that location?” a frustrated Hamilton barked on workforce radio working with an expletive.

Leclerc came in before than Hamilton and put fourth, lacking out on a 14th career podium. Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. and McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo started out from the again immediately after total engine adjustments. Sainz Jr. managed to complete a commendable eighth.

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