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2017-05-02 09:45

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IT'S A CELEBRATION! Winner Mercedes' Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas celebrates on the podium at the Russian Grand Prix. Image: AFP / Alexander Nemenov

Cape Town - On Sunday (April 30) Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes' number two driver scored his first ever Formula 1 victory after holding off the advancements of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel at the Russian GP.

Kimi Raikkonen finished third while Bottas' team mate Lewis Hamilton's over-heating problems relegated the Briton to fourth place. 

Fifth Finn to win in F1

The 27-year-old Finn showed a cool head in only his fourth race for the German manufacturer. Bottas is the fifth Finn to win in F1 and spoke to AFP after his victory in Sochi: "It took quite a while, more than 80 races for me, but it's definitely worth the wait." 

The Finn showed his elation on the Sochi podium by having a field day with the customary champagne given to the podium finishers. If there's one way to celebrate a major achievement like that, this is the way to do it: 


All images AFP/ Andre Isakovic

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