Valtteri Bottas on Mercedes won the Austrian Grand Prix, the first race of the 2020 Formula 1 season. Race with a thrilling final thanks to Ferrari, second with Charles Leclerc, who took seventh and made the most of the 5' penalty inflicted on Hamilton.
Same goes for Lando Norris on McLaren, third. Then the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton before for a collision with Alexander Albon's Red Bull. Fifth position at the end of the GP for Carlos Sainz's McLaren in front of Sergio Perez's Racing Point and Pierre Gasly's Toro Rosso.
Esteban Ocon's Renault was eighth and preceded Antonio Giovinazzi's Alfa Romeo Racing and Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari which closed the top ten. Crazy race also for the number of withdrawals: 9, with the entry of the safety car on the track 3 times.
Leclerc and Hamilton's words
Charles Leclerc said: "I wasn't expecting it. It's a really big surprise, but a very good one. I think we did everything perfectly today and we managed to finish in second place.
We also had luck with the Lewis problem and a few accidents. The race was very eventful but the goal was this: to seize every opportunity that presented itself, even if we didn't have the pace to conquer this position I think.
I am extremely satisfied with this second place. We still have a lot of work to do. We are too far away. We are not where we wanted to be but everything is possible. We must be mentally strong, work together and I think we will go back to where we want but it will take time.
I wanted to be aggressive. turn 3, but I knew that if there had been an error on the part of someone the possibility could have been created. Lando slowed down fighting with Sergio and I took advantage of that moment, as well as another occasion with Sergio .
It was tough but I had fun." Lewis Hamilton said: "I don't have a particular feeling at the moment. The race has just ended and I just want to think about next week. Obviously it wasn't a great weekend for me, it's evident.
Yesterday was totally my fault, it was strange today in preparation for the race have a penalty but you have to accept it. It did not destabilize me, but it encouraged me to do the best race I could and I think I did. I tried to do everything to get Valtteri back.
I had the pace but it is it was a pity what happened with Alex, it is incredible that there was another accident with him. In my opinion it was a race accident between us. But okay, I accept any penalty they thought I deserved and we go on."