By Robert Haile
A damp Grand Prix, grid place penalties and white Red Bulls were just three of the talking points from the Turkish Grand Prix.
Red Bull were in a changed look to commemorate Honda’s first win in Mexico 1965, sporting a white car Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez were also in white race suits.
While it might not have been an obviously dominant display from Valtteri Bottas and Mercedes they made the right decision to give the Finn his tenth Grand Prix win.
Race winner Valtteri Bottas said “Today was probably one of the best races I’ve had ever – apart from that one little slide, everything was under control. The car has been fantastic in every possible condition this weekend and I had great confidence with it.
“It’s not easy to choose the strategy here with these conditions – when to stop, which tyre to choose – but I’m glad everything went smoothly for me. When there’s only one drying line it doesn’t take much for you to go off, you need maximum focus all through the race and so today feels like a well-earned victory.
“My first win of the year too which feels great and I was happy to bring it home. It also took points off Red Bull so great for me and the team.”
Off the line Bottas stayed out in front of Verstappen as Alpine’s Fernando Alonso was spun in turn one by Pierre Gasly, who got a five second penalty.
Lewis Hamilton from eleventh and Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz cut through the traffic early in the race before everything settled down.
Heading into the final ten laps Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc was leading with intermediate tyres that had been run to smooth but with the tyres becoming unreliable Bottas was able to close in a pass to retake the lead.
Bottas and Verstappen were safely out in front with Perez overtaking Leclerc for third.
Hamilton kept fifth ahead of Gasly and McLaren’s Lando Norris, Sainz finished eighth after starting nineteenth.
Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll took ninth with Esteban Ocon claiming tenth for Alpine.
Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi and Kimi Raikkonen finished eleventh and twelfth with McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo behind them.
AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda, Williams’ George Russell and Alonso finished fourteenth to sixteenth as Williams’ Nicholas Latifi and Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel finished ahead of Haas’s Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin.
Verstappen has retaken the lead in the championship by six points.
Formula One will now head to America on October 22-24 for the United States Grand Prix.
- Max Verstappen (Red Bull) – 262.5
- Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) – 256.5
- Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) – 177
- Lando Norris (McLaren) – 145
- Sergio Perez (Red Bull) – 135
- Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) – 116.5
- Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) – 116
- Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren) – 95
- Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri) – 74
- Fernando Alonso (Alpine) – 58
- Esteban Ocon (Alpine) – 46
- Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin) – 35
- Lance Stroll (Aston Martin) – 26
- Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri) – 18
- George Russel (Williams) – 16
- Nicholas Latifi (Williams) – 7
- Kimi Räikkönen (Alfa Romeo) – 6
- Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo) – 1
- Mick Schumacher (Haas) – 0
- Robert Kubica (Alfa Romeo) – 0
- Nikita Mazepin (Haas) – 0
- Mercedes – 433.5
- Red Bull – 397.5
- McLaren – 240
- Ferrari – 232.5
- Alpine – 104
- AlphaTauri – 92
- Aston Martin – 61
- Williams – 23
- Alfa Romeo – 7
- Haas – 0