Bottas wins, in chaos-filled 2020 Austrian GP.
An afternoon of drama and chaos on Formula 1’s return ended with a Mercedes win after a manic 2020 F1 Austrian Grand Prix.
When Max Verstappen’s Red Bull slowed exiting Turn One early in the Austrian Grand Prix, the silence was deafening for more than one reason. With no fans to react, the sound of the power unit cutting out was clear to those track-side, and it felt like the one hope of an exciting race had gone. How wrong that was.
At that point, Verstappen – starting from second place after Red Bull successfully lobbied for a review of Lewis Hamilton’s yellow flag qualifying infringement – had been settling down behind Valtteri Bottas, who had shown blistering pace on the opening few laps. With the rest of the top ten starting on soft tyres and everyone with a free choice on mediums, Verstappen’s strategy was the anomaly on a hot day in Styria. Hamilton had started fifth and been made to work to pass Lando Norris and Alexander Albon, so was 7.5 seconds adrift of Bottas when Verstappen juddered into the pits to retire with an electrical issue.
No offset in tyres and a comfortable Mercedes one-two looked on the cards. Bottas was being closed down by Hamilton but at a fluctuating rate that suggested he was still in control. He’d get the ideal strategy choice after all as the race leader.
Information and Image have been shared from an Article by Chris Medland published at Motorsport Magazine, on July 5th, 2020. Image Credit: Leonhard Foeger / AFP via Getty Images, 2020.
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