Valtteri Bottas has said that his first-ever Formula 1 win of his career was “well worth the wait” after a tense and tight finish at the Russian Grand Prix.
Bottas became the fifth driver from Finland to win a Formula 1 race and also the first Finnish winner since 2013, but had to work very hard for the victory after being pushed all the way by Sebastian Vettel, who extended his World Championship lead to 13 points.
“It feels amazing,” said Bottas on the podium.
“It’s been quite a while, more than 80 races, but worth the wait, well worth the learning curve.
“This strange opportunity came to me over the winter and I have to thank the team for making this possible.
“We need to keep pushing, keep finishing with both cars one and two. But I’m very happy.
“Normally I’m not that emotional, but hearing the Finnish national anthem was special.
“It feels a bit surreal. Hopefully it’s the first of many. It was definitely one of my best races personally ever.
“[I will gain] a lot [of confidence]. I’ve always knew I could do the results if everyone goes right but it’s nice to get the confirmation that everything is possible.”