F1 results: Austrian Grand Prix, Bottas wins amazing race

Valtteri Bottas won an incident-packed Austrian Grand Prix, the first race of the delayed 2020 Formula 1 season, for Mercedes at the Red Bull Ring.

Mercedes’ dominance was challenged by Red Bull but Max Verstappen, who was running second behind Bottas, was forced out with an electrical failure early on. Towards the end of the race, Alex Albon took fresh soft tyres during a safety car period and was passing Lewis Hamilton for second when they made contact, and Albon was spun around.

Ahead of the race Hamilton was moved back on the starting grid from second to fifth, for not lifting off under yellow flags in qualifying when Bottas went off ahead of him.

Bottas led from the start, McLaren’s Lando Norris briefly grabbing second before Verstappen retook the place by Turn 3. Hamilton tried to pass Albon at Turn 4, but was rebuffed. Albon passed Norris for third when DRS was enabled on Lap 3, and Hamilton followed suit a lap later at Turn 1. Hamilton then used DRS to power past Albon for third on the run to Turn 4 on Lap 9.

Verstappen was 3s behind Bottas when his car slowed with an electrical problem at the start of Lap 12. He toured back to the pits, where Red Bull tried to fix it with no avail.

The safety car was deployed on Lap 26 when Haas’s Kevin Magnussen suffered a big spin due to a brake failure, just as Esteban Ocon’s Renault was overtaking him at Turn 3. That sent all the leaders into the pits for their tyre stops, during which Sergio Perez (who took the medium tyre instead of the hard) almost hit Norris, who suffered a slow change on his left-rear wheel.

At the restart, Carlos Sainz attacked Charles Leclerc for sixth but was clipped by Sebastian Vettel as he tried to take advantage, causing the Ferrari driver to spin. Perez soon blasted past Norris for fourth on Lap 33.

Both Mercedes drivers were warned about sensor issues, and told to stay off the kerbs, due to gearbox concerns. Bottas was told he was in “worse shape than the other car”.

Romain Grosjean (brake issues) and George Russell both retired with 20 laps to go, the latter causing a second safety car due to being forced to pull off the track. The restart lasted a matter of seconds, as Kimi Raikkonen’s Alfa Romeo lost its right-front wheel at the penultimate corner, requiring a third safety car – but not before Albon had grabbed third from Perez.

It left a 10-lap sprint to the finish, with the Mercedes pair ahead of the fresh-tyred Albon, who attacked Hamilton but they collided at Turn 4 and Albon was punted into a spin through the gravel. Hamilton was given a 5s penalty for causing the collision.

Bottas scampered clear to win by half a second over Hamilton. But Hamilton’s penalty meant Leclerc finished second ahead of Norris, with Hamilton falling to fourth. Norris also scored the extra point for fastest lap.

F1 Austrian Grand Prix race results:

1 Valtteri Bottas71 25
2 Charles Leclerc71 2.700 18
3 Lando Norris71 5.491 16
4 Lewis Hamilton71 5.689 12
5 Carlos Sainz Jr.71 8.903 10
6 Sergio Perez71 15.092 8
7 Pierre Gasly71 16.682 6
8 Esteban Ocon71 17.456 4
9 Antonio Giovinazzi71 21.146 2
10 Sebastian Vettel71 24.545 1
11 Nicholas Latifi71 31.650  
12 Daniil Kvyat69  
13 Alex Albon67  
  Kimi Raikkonen53  
  George Russell49  
  Romain Grosjean49  
  Kevin Magnussen24  
  Lance Stroll20  
  Daniel Ricciardo17  
  Max Verstappen11  

F1 Austrian Grand Prix race fastest laps:

1 Lando Norris71 1’07.475  230.378
2 Valtteri Bottas68 1’07.657 0.182 229.758
3 Lewis Hamilton67 1’07.712 0.055 229.572
4 Charles Leclerc64 1’07.901 0.189 228.933
5 Carlos Sainz Jr.63 1’07.974 0.073 228.687
6 Sergio Perez63 1’08.305 0.331 227.579
7 Alex Albon50 1’08.432 0.127 227.156
8 Sebastian Vettel71 1’08.623 0.191 226.524
9 Antonio Giovinazzi70 1’08.796 0.173 225.954
10 Esteban Ocon70 1’08.932 0.136 225.509
11 Pierre Gasly64 1’09.025 0.093 225.205
12 Kimi Raikkonen48 1’09.031 0.006 225.185
13 Daniil Kvyat50 1’09.135 0.104 224.847
14 George Russell49 1’09.317 0.182 224.256
15 Max Verstappen5 1’09.351 0.034 224.146
16 Nicholas Latifi63 1’09.662 0.311 223.146
17 Romain Grosjean46 1’10.228 0.566 221.347
18 Lance Stroll4 1’10.326 0.098 221.039
19 Daniel Ricciardo8 1’10.610 0.284 220.150
20 Kevin Magnussen23 1’10.720 0.110 219.807

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