Valtteri Bottas led from start to finish, kicking off the 2020 season with victory in a dramatic Austrian Grand Prix as Lewis Hamilton’s second penalty of the day handed Lando Norris his first F1 podium.
Those were the words of Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff after Red Bull’s second protest of the weekend proved more successful than the first, securing Lewis Hamilton a three-place grid penalty that arguably cost him victory in the Austrian Grand Prix.
Speaking on Sky Sports before the race, Wolff clearly indicated he knows Red Bull in particular will try every tactic in the book this season to try and gain the upper hand over the World Champions – whether that is on the track or in the stewards’ room.
Red Bull failed on Friday to have the Mercedes DAS system outlawed, albeit that appeared a slightly ‘friendlier’ move inasmuch as they had flagged up to their rivals the intention to protest to the FIA before actually doing so.
But there was something a little more ruthless about the way in which Red Bull got Hamilton his grid penalty after new footage emerged indicating the Englishman had not slowed down for yellow flags during his final qualifying run.