Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 Team’s Valtteri Bottas who started Sunday’s season opening Austrian Grand Prix took victory in a chaotic Austrian Grand Prix. Ferrari’s Charles LeClerc was second while McLaren had a fantastic race as Lando Norris scored his first Formula One podium in third place.
Defending champion Lewis Hamilton had a great battle with Valtteri Bottas with the pair suffering from gearbox issues and had to start the race from fifth after ignoring yellow flags in qualifying. Hamilton was handed a five second penalty for a collisision with Red Bull Racing’s Alex Albon.
Carlos Sainz finished the race in fifth for McLaren while Sergio Perez was 6th for Racing Point despite a five second penalty for speeding in the pitlane.
Alpha Tauri’s Pierre Gasly was seventh just ahead of Renault’s Esteban Ocon who was in his first race in over a year. Alfa Romeo Racing’s Antonio Giovinazzi came home in ninth while Sebastian Vettel rounded out the top ten.
Williams Racing’s Nicholas Latifi ended his first race as an F1 driver just outside the top ten in eleventh. There was chaos behind the Canadian as he was the last driver to finish the race.
Alfa Romeo Racing’s Kimi Raikkonen retired late in the race as he right front wheel came off after not being secured properly during his final stop bringing out the safety car. Daniil Kvyat retired from the race as did Grorge Russell.
Alex Albon had a power unit failure while Max Verstappen also retired meaning Aston Martin Red Bull Racing came away with no points.
Sergio Perez retired from the race with a technical issue. Daniel Ricciardo’s race came to a premature end due to a problem while Haas F1 Team’s Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen had apparent brake failures.
Max Verstappen lost drive. The next race at the Red Bull Ring will be in just one week.