The Finn asserted his departure from pole to judge the victory at Spielberg. Lewis Hamilton was affected by a penalty from the start and by his final escort position, which was occupied by Leclerc after an incident with Albon.
A new season of Formula 1 It was launched, although in a peculiar way, given the delay with which the 2020 calendar began: due to the pandemic, the activity began this first weekend of July instead of March, and the winner of the Austrian Grand Prix was Valtteri Bottas.
A competition that suffered the impact of the sanction on Lewis Hamilton, for not respecting the yellow flags in the classification on Saturday. This led him to fall from 2nd to 5th place on the starting grid. But it was not the only sanction to the English pilot.
The development of the race on the Spielberg circuit showed that the supremacy of the Mercedes It remains latent, as the Finn defended his place in pole position and the British, current champion of the category, jumped to 2nd place.
In fact, the Englishman crossed the finish line as an escort after 71 laps on the Austrian track, but the 5-second penalty for a touch with Alexander Albon relegated him to fourth position.
The beneficiaries were Charles Leclerc, who finished 2nd on board his Ferrari, while Lando Norris (McLaren) completed the podium in a historic personal 3rd place, highly celebrated by the British and the orange team.
The bumpy race saw 11 of the 20 competing drivers finish. Max Verstappen was one of the standouts to drop out at the start, while Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) finished in a frustrating 10th place.
Next weekend, on the same stage, the F-1 will raise the curtain for the second date of the year.
Incredible finish here
Lewis Hamilton has been given a 5-second penalty for the incident with Albon, Perez has also been handed a 5-second penalty for speeding in the pit lane – both penalties will be added to their finish times.#AustrianGP # F1 pic.twitter.com/v21LCHfTHu
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