The Mercedes driver led from pole place within the damp situations, and edged clear in entrance of Max Verstappen by means of the opening section of the race earlier than drivers switched to a second set of inters.
Though he briefly misplaced the result in Charles Leclerc, who stayed out longer on his first set of inters, Bottas was capable of cross the Ferrari before eventually coming home greater than 14 seconds away from Verstappen.
Having been with out an F1 victory because the 2020 Russian Grand Prix, Bottas mentioned his scientific efficiency in Istanbul was distinctive.
“I believe from my facet I’ve to say most likely top-of-the-line races I’ve had ever,” mentioned the Finn.
“Other than one slide all the pieces was beneath management. However, like I mentioned earlier than the race, the automobile has been actually good in each situation and I had actually good confidence with it, and actually might management it.
“It isn’t straightforward to decide on the technique right here with these situations, when it comes to when to cease and to which tyre and all the pieces. However I am glad all the pieces went easy as soon as for me and that is good.”
Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes W12, Max Verstappen, Crimson Bull Racing RB16B
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Verstappen had no response to the tempo of Bottas and mentioned that the necessity to lengthen the lifetime of the intermediates meant he was in tyre preservation mode for a lot of the afternoon.
“It was not straightforward at present, the monitor was very greasy,” mentioned the Crimson Bull driver. “We simply needed to handle the tyres the entire race so we could not actually push.
“It simply appeared like Valtteri had a bit extra tempo and will take care of the tyres, perhaps a bit higher as nicely.
“However I am after all nonetheless pleased to complete second as a result of, in these situations, it is also straightforward to get it improper and also you drop again.”
Requested what was probably the most tough section of the race, Verstappen mentioned: “[To] keep awake! It was simply all about simply managing the tyres.
“So that you had been by no means pushing, [you had] to make it to a certain quantity of laps, and then you definately boxed for one more set.”