Get in there, Valtteri! After that memorable first Formula One win for the Finn, we’re back with all the best facts and figures from a nail-biting Russian Grand Prix!
Sochi Stat Attack I
Just one race after taking his first F1 pole in Bahrain, Valtteri went one better in Russia, scoring his maiden Grand Prix victory. It was a perfectly executed race, sweeping past the Ferraris with a super start and then soaking up immense pressure from Sebastian Vettel late on to win!
That marvellous triumph makes the Finn the 107th different winner in Formula One history and the first new name on the victor’s list since Max Verstappen won in Barcelona last year.
Valtteri becomes the fifth driver to win for the Silver Arrows in F1, joining Juan Manuel Fangio, Sir Stirling Moss, Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton.
Valtteri may have had to wait 81 races from his Grand Prix debut to taste victory – but 10 drivers have had to wait longer for that elusive first win, including former Silver Arrow Nico Rosberg (111 races) plus compatriot and childhood hero Mika Häkkinen (96 races).
Sochi Stat Attack II
Valtteri’s win was the 47th for a Finnish driver in Formula One – and the first since Kimi Räikkönen in Australia 2013 – making Finland the fifth most winning nation in F1 history, behind only Great Britain, Germany, Brazil and France. Valtteri is the fifth Finn to reach the top step of the podium, following Keke Rosberg, Mika Häkkinen, Kimi Räikkönen and Heikki Kovalainen.
Sunday’s P1 finish was Valtteri’s 12th trip to the rostrum in Formula One and the second time he’s managed it in Russia. He’s become a bit of a Sochi specialist! Victory for Valtteri also means the Silver Arrows remain unbeaten around the Sochi Autodrom with four wins from four races!
In the drivers’ standings, Valtteri is now 10 points behind Lewis, who is a further 13 points behind Sebastian Vettel. Just 23 points cover the top three – the closest three drivers have been after the first four rounds of a season since 2012.
After a trying weekend, Sunday marked the end of Lewis’ eight-race podium streak. It was also the first time he’s not been on the podium in Russia since the Sochi circuit debuted in 2014.
One positive ahead of Spain for the triple World Champion, he’s not missed the podium for two races on the bounce since 2013… bring on Barcelona!