Valtteri Bottas wins F1’s season-opening Austrian Grand prix
Valtteri Bottas wins F1’s season-opening Austrian GP
Valtteri Bottas won a chaotic season-opening Austrian Grand Prix while Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton finished fourth after getting a late time penalty.
Valtteri Viktor Bottas is a Finnish racing driver currently competing in Formula One with Mercedes.
Country – Finland
The race was interrupted three times by a safety car and nine of 20 drivers abandoned, including both Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Alexander Albon — who tried to overtake Hamilton on the outside with 10 laps left, touched wheels and flew off track.
Hamilton was given a five-second time penalty for causing the collision, having earlier been hit with a three-place grid penalty after an incident in Saturday’s qualifying was reviewed by stewards.
Although Bottas started from pole position and Hamilton from fifth, it looked like a straight fight between the two Mercedes drivers as has been the case so often in recent years.
It was the 20-year-old British driver’s first career podium and his superb final lap was the fastest of an exciting opening race. Norris became the youngest British driver to secure a podium finish and the third youngest ever in Formula One.