Valtteri Bottas wins Turkish Grand Prix as Lewis Hamilton loses championship lead

Bottas started the race on pole after Hamilton was slapped with a 10-place grid penalty after he required a new engine in his Mercedes.

Not that the Finnish driver had an easy time of it as he fought off a stiff challenge from Charles Leclerc but managed to pass the Ferrari with 12 laps to go to regain the lead. Leclerc finished fourth.

The rest of the podium was made of of Red Bulls as Max Verstappen finished second to reclaim the initiative in this fiercely contested title contest with six races to go while his partner Sergio Perez helped keep his team in the hunt in the the constructor’s race.

Defending champion Hamilton lost valuable points by finishing fifth after coming in for a late tire change, despite telling his team he wanted to stay on track when still in third.

This was Bottas’ tenth career victory.

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Hamilton was getting increasingly agitated as he fell behind Leclerc and with Pierre Gasly’s AlphaTauri gaining on him.

“Just leave it alone,” he snapped to his race engineer when informed of Gasly’s gap.Bottas finally got the winning feeling again when he overtook Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc with about a dozen laps left, clinching his first victory since the Russian GP in September last year.

“Haha, yes!” Bottas shouted after his 10th career win and a much-needed one during a frustrating last season with Mercedes before joining Alfa Romeo next year.To cap it off he clocked the fastest lap on the 5.3km (3.3-mile) Istanbul Park circuit beneath a grey sky amid persistent drizzle.

Hamilton finally came in for new tires on Lap 51 but did not agree with the decision.

It was a good day for Red Bull.

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“Why did you give up that place?” a frustrated Hamilton barked on team radio using an expletive.

Leclerc came in earlier than Hamilton and placed fourth, missing out on a 14th career podium.

Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. and McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo started from the back after complete engine changes. Sainz Jr. managed to finish a commendable eighth.

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