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Valtteri Bottas

Bottas overjoyed: One of the best races I've ever had

Valtteri Bottas was all smiles after taking home a "well-earned victory" in Turkey.

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Valtteri Bottas secured his first win of the 2021 season after converting pole position into victory at the Turkish Grand Prix, with the Finn noting it was one of his best-ever races.

The Mercedes driver led for the majority of the race in wet conditions at Istanbul Park to finish ahead of Red Bull pair Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez.

Bottas' last win came at the 2020 Russian Grand Prix, and he was thrilled to have ended the drought.

"From my side, I have to say, [that was] probably one of the best races I've ever had," Bottas said after the race. "Apart from that one little slide, everything was under control.

"But like I said before the race, the car has been really good in every condition and I have really good confidence with it.

"It's not easy to choose a strategy here with these conditions, when to stop and which tyre [to use], but I'm glad everything went smooth for once for me."

Given the tricky conditions throughout Sunday's race, Bottas was pleased to take home what he thought was a well-deserved win.

He added: "There was only one dry line. You don't need much to go off, so [you] definitely needed to focus through the race.

"So yeah, [it was a] difficult one and feels like a well-earned victory."

F1 2021 Turkish Grand Prix RN365 News dossier

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