Valtteri Bottas wins big in Japan Grand Prix

This is the flying Finn's first F1 victory since back in April and he still has a chance to become World Champion.

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Valtteri Bottas celebrates winning the Japan Grand Prix, 13th October 2019 / Credit: @valtteribottas Instagram

Finnish Formula 1 driver Valtteri Bottas has clinched another Grand Prix victory, winning in Japan on Sunday ahead of rival Sebastian Vettel and team mate Lewis Hamilton.

It sets the scene for the Mercedes pair to battle it out for the world championship crown with just four races to go this season. While British driver Hamilton is currently leading, only the flying Finn can catch him.

Bottas had an excellent start to the race and thanks to a mistake by Vettel, was able to take the lead on the very first corner of the Suzuka Circuit, which had been pummeled by rains and strong winds from Typhoon Hagibis during Saturday.

The wet track affected how the teams of the leading drivers organised their tyre changes with Mercedes and Bottas making decisions that kept him in the lead.

“Perfect Sunday!” the Finnish driver wrote on Instagram after claiming the win, his first since April.

The other Finnish driver in the race Kimi Räikkönen racing for Alfa Romeo finished in 14th position.

The next Formula 1 Grand Prix race takes place in two weeks time in Mexico.