F1 Kicks Off Behind Closed Doors at Austrian Grand Prix

By: Precious Lesupi

Formula One marked its return at the Austrian Grand Prix with Valtteri Bottas winning the race by crossing the line 0.6 seconds clear of his Mercedes team-mate.

Lewis Hamilton was demoted to fourth place, following a five-second penalty after being involved in a crash with Red Bull driver Alexander Albon towards the closing stages of the race.

Before the race, six drivers stood at the back of a divided grid as Hamilton and 13 of his contemporaries knelt in support of the fight for racial equality. The divided action came after Hamilton had on Saturday implied that drivers who failed to take a knee before Formula One’s season opener were “complicit” in racism.

Hamilton had shortly before received the news that he would start three places back from his qualifying position of second – penalized by the stewards for a yellow-flag infringement. He eventually made it back to runner-up, therefore, finishing by half-a-second behind Bottas. He was however slung back to fourth after the stewards found him guilty of punting Albon into the sand trap with 10 laps to run.

Hamilton will be provided with a chance of redemption in just six days’ time at the same venue.

View Full Results Here: https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2020/races/1045/austria/race-result.html

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