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Bottas wins, Max takes title lead after Hamilton pit-stop fury

Max Verstappen now leads Lewis Hamilton by six points with six races to go in F1 2021

Last Updated: 10/10/21 2:50pm

    Valtteri Bottas brilliantly won a rain-affected Turkish GP ahead of Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez, as an angered Lewis Hamilton finished fifth after a late Mercedes pit-stop halted his comeback drive.

    Bottas led almost every lap of a gripping race in difficult conditions and sealed his first win of the season with an overtake on Charles Leclerc, before finishing comfortably ahead of Verstappen at the chequered flag.

    “From my side, it was one of the best races I’ve had, ever,” said Bottas, who is leaving Mercedes at the end of the season.

    But Verstappen has still taken the championship lead off Hamilton, who was running third after starting 11th before being brought into the pits with just seven laps remaining – a decision he slammed on team radio.

    Verstappen now heads the standings by six points with six races remaining.

    Lewis Hamilton and Sergio Perez go toe-to-toe for several corners in some classic racing during the Turkish GP

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    Lewis Hamilton and Sergio Perez go toe-to-toe for several corners in some classic racing during the Turkish GP

    Lewis Hamilton and Sergio Perez go toe-to-toe for several corners in some classic racing during the Turkish GP

    Leclerc was also attempting to complete all 58 laps on the intermediate tyres he started on before he was passed by Bottas. He then pitted, and was overtaken by Perez in the other Red Bull for the final podium position.

    More to follow…