Bottas wins, Hamilton relegated to fourth, in F1 epic

Last Updated: 05/07/20 4:02pm








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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 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 classification after being handed a late five-second time penalty for a collision with Red Bull’s Alex Albon.

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

A new outright fastest lap of the race on the 71st and final tour meant Norris finished within 5s of Hamilton to demote the six-time champion another place.

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.

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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.

Drama before the race had already seen Hamilton dropped to fifth on the grid after the stewards overturned their own decision from Saturday night after a protest from Red Bull was upheld.

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