- Penalty for Hamilton denies Mercedes one-two finish
- Leclerc takes surprise second for struggling Ferrari
- McLaren’s Norris chalks up first F1 podium finish with third
Valtteri Bottas opened Formula 1’s COVID-19-delayed 2020 season with an assured win on Sunday in an attrition-hit Austrian Grand Prix.
The Finn, who had started from pole, led Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton across the line. But the dominant champions were denied a one-two finish after the Briton was handed a five-second time penalty for colliding with Red Bull’s Alexander Albon, which dropped him out of the top three.
That elevated Charles Leclerc, already on course to salvage a 3rd place finish for Ferrari on a sobering weekend for the Italian team, up to 2nd. It also handed McLaren’s Lando Norris his first Formula 1 podium, with the 20-year-old (while 4th on the road) recorded as having…