Valtteri Bottas claimed his maiden Formula 1 victory in Russia after making a rocketing start from third on the grid. The Finn was fastest driver of all during long runs on Friday, and was able to hold off a charging Sebastian Vettel in the final quarter of the race.
Kimi Raikkonen took the final spot on the podium, while Lewis Hamilton endured a difficult outing in Sochi.
Ferrari may have topped both practice sessions in Russia on Friday, but Mercedes appears to have the upper hand when it comes to long-run pace.
F1’s decision making body, the Strategy Group, has decided to push the ‘Shield’ cockpit protection concept, while announcing a clampdown on shark fins and T-wings for 2018.
As with every edition of Paddock Press, we recap the Bahrain Grand Prix before turning our attention to Russian GP, the fourth round of the 2017 F1 season.
As with every race, we handpick five drivers who were class apart from the rest of the field in Bahrain.