It's his day - Vettel congratulates Bottas despite Massa frustration

Sebastian Vettel conceded the day belonged to Valtteri Bottas at the Russian Grand Prix despite his clear frustration at being held up by Felipe Massa in the closing stages.

Bottas got past pole-sitter Vettel and the other Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen at the start in Sochi and, after successfully negotiating the round of pit stops, did not relinquish his lead.

The Mercedes driver handed Vettel an opportunity on lap 38 with a lock up at turn 13 that allowed the German to cut the gap.

Vettel retained hope of catching and overtaking Bottas right until the last lap, but Bottas' former Williams team-mate Massa refused to let the four-time world champion past, with contact between the two effectively ensuring a maiden F1 victory for the Finn.

Speaking on the podium, championship leader Vettel said: "Obviously I tried everything to catch Valtteri and maybe I thought there might be some opportunity on the back straight.

"I was sure he [Massa] would lift around turn three and let me by so I won't lose too much time but then I just wasn't sure what he was going to do and I ended up losing a bit more than I was hoping for.

"It doesn't matter, this is the man of the race, big congrats to Valtteri, it's his day.

"I think we tried everything, but obviously we lost the race at the start, which was a bit of a shame.

"I think our start was probably a match with Valtteri, maybe he gained a bit of momentum on the beginning but then obviously he had a massive tow, by the time we approach braking he was already in front and able to shut the door on me.

"That's why he won the race. He was very, very quick all race, no mistakes. Man of the race."

Vettel's second-placed finish still sees him extend his lead at the top of the drivers' championship to 13 points ahead of Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton, who was only able to finish fourth behind Raikkonen.

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