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Bottas wins, Hamilton relegated to fourth, in F1 epic

F1 is back: and back with a bang; Bottas wins for Mercedes but Hamilton dropped to fourth after penalty for Albon tangle; Leclerc takes second with Norris claiming first podium of career on final lap

By James Galloway

Last Updated: 05/07/20 4:14pm








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Lewis Hamilton was given a five-second penalty for this collision with Alex Albon after the restart.

Lewis Hamilton was given a five-second penalty for this collision with Alex Albon after the restart.

Valtteri Bottas won an astonishing Austrian GP, as a penalised Lewis Hamilton was relegated off the podium to fourth, in a hugely-dramatic return for Formula 1 in the first race of the 2020 season.

Hamilton finished second to Bottas on the road as otherwise-dominant Mercedes nursed gearbox problems but slipped to fourth in the final result after being handed a late five-second time penalty for a collision with Red Bull’s Alex Albon.

A charging Charles Leclerc inherited second for Ferrari as a result after a late surge, with Lando Norris capping an brilliant weekend for him by claiming the first podium of his young career for McLaren.

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Valtteri Bottas wins the Austrian GP with Lando Norris posting a fastest lap to take third from Lewis Hamilton on the final lap!

Valtteri Bottas wins the Austrian GP with Lando Norris posting a fastest lap to take third from Lewis Hamilton on the final lap!

A new outright fastest lap of the race on the 71st and final tour meant Norris, 20, finished within 5s of Hamilton to demote the six-time champion another place and extend his Austria podium drought to three seasons.

In a wild return to racing action after a seven-month lay off, nine drivers failed to make the finish – including Max Verstappen, who had run second to Bottas early on before his Red Bull car suffered a suspected electrical issue.

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Lewis Hamilton was handed a late three-place grid penalty in Austria after new footage from on-board the Mercedes in qualifying emerged.

Lewis Hamilton was handed a late three-place grid penalty in Austria after new footage from on-board the Mercedes in qualifying emerged.

It meant that only rookie Nicholas Latifi, who ended up 11th, failed to score points among the finishers.

High drama before the race had already seen Hamilton dropped to fifth on the grid when the stewards overturned their own decision from Saturday night in an investigation the Mercedes driver passing yellow flags, after a protest from Red Bull was upheld.

Austrian GP top 10 result
1. Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes
2. Charles Leclerc, Ferrari
3. Lando Norris, McLaren
4. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
5. Carlos Sainz, McLaren
6. Sergio Perez, Racing Point
7. Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri
8. Esteban Ocon, Renault
9. Antonio Giovinazzi, Alfa Romeo
10. Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari

More to follow…

The new Formula 1 season is underway in dramatic style on Sky Sports F1 and continues next week with the second race at the Red Bull Ring – the Styrian GP. Find out more & subscribe.

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