Bottas Wins Austrian GP, Hamilton 4th After Penalty

Valtteri Bottas won an incident-packed Austrian Grand Prix as defending F1 champion Lewis Hamilton took fourth after a penalty.

Charles Leclerc came second after an animating drive in the unfancied Ferrari while McLaren’s Lando Norris took his first career podium finish.

The race was the first of the season, coming four months after the start of the F1 season was postponed because of the coronavirus crisis.

Hamilton could have finished much higher but dropped places after he was penalised five seconds for a collision with Red Bull’s Alex Albon.

As has become common since the resumption of global sports, a moment of silence was observed prior to the start of the race in solidarity with the fight against racism.

All the drivers wore T-shirts saying ‘end racism’, but six of them – including Leclerc and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen – chose not to join their 14 colleagues in taking the knee alongside Hamilton.

The incident-parked race witnessed two safety car periods and a retirement from George Russell after his Williams developed engine problems.

Hamilton and Bottas had been set for a one-two finish before the safety cars changed the dynamic with Albon and Leclerc especially profiting from having fresh tires while Mercedes kept their teams out.

Hamilton struggled to hold off Albon who was also on fresh tires and the Briton eventually crashed into the Red Bull resulting in a five-second penalty from the race stewards.

Formula One continues next weekend with another race in Austria next – the Steiermark Grand Prix.