Valtteri Bottas won a dramatic Formula 1 Austrian Grand Prix from Charles Leclerc, after Lewis Hamilton’s penalty for contact with Alex Albon dropped him from second to fourth.
Bottas crossed the line as the winner of an attritional race 0.6-seconds clear of his team-mate, but Hamilton was immediately demoted, which boosted McLaren’s Lando Norris to first F1 career podium in third.
Hamilton’s incident with Albon happened after the end of the race’s third safety car period and after Mercedes had had to intervene with its drivers due to critical reliability warnings.
At the start, Bottas easily held the lead off the line and blasted to a two-second lead at the end of the opening tour, as Red Bull’s Max Verstappen – the only top-10 starter on the medium tyres – soaked up pressure from Norris after several cars including Norris, Hamilton and Leclerc shot across the runoff at the exit of Turn 1.
Bottas set about extending his lead as the race settled down, warned by his team to look after his car on the third lap, as Verstappen tracked him.