MAY 08th 2017

Five F1 legends who turned their first win into their first championship

So complete was Valtteri Bottas’s first Grand Prix victory, so calmly did he fend off the fresher-tyred Ferrari of four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel, and so completely did he defeat his Mercedes-Benz team-mate Lewis Hamilton – the pre-season favourite having one of his hard-to-explain off days – that, in the blink of 82 starts, the undemonstrative Finn has vaulted from clear number two, no matter what the official line, to potential world champion.

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