Bottas back in Formula 1 title hunt after "overdue" win - Wolff
Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff believes Valtteri Bottas is firmly back in the Formula 1 championship picture following his "overdue" victory in Russia.
Following his season-opening Austrian Grand Prix win, Bottas then endured a lean spell of eight races without taking the chequered flag, leaving him 55 points adrift of team-mate Lewis Hamilton heading into the event at the Sochi Autodrom.
But in claiming his ninth career victory and the point for fastest lap on Sunday, and with Hamilton down in third, the Finn has cut the lead to 44 points.
“I think Valtteri was overdue to win a race," said Wolff. "It was very close in several qualifying sessions. He was in the lead in Mugello and in that respect he deserved the win.
“He drove a great race, kept his cool and just cruised home. Valtteri is fully in the race for the championship."
GPFans is a multi-platform, multi-language brand dedicated to Formula One coverage. We bring you all the ins and outs of the sport, 24/7, everything from up-to-the-minute news and features to the latest viral stories and clips.
We believe that a new generation of exciting, outspoken drivers will make F1 more popular than ever before, and we want to give our users access to as much of their heroes as possible, on and off the track. From Lewis Hamilton to Max Verstappen, Daniel Ricciardo to Sebastian Vettel, we provide in-depth analysis of every every Grand Prix in the season, from Australia to Abu Dhabi.
With Formula One under the new ownership of Liberty Media, how the sport is being covered is evolving, and GPFans will look to be at the heart of this progression into new media, as one of the fastest-growing sites covering the king of motorsports.