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Live Reporting

Michael Emons

All times stated are UK

  1. Thanks and goodbye

    Enjoyed the racing in Austria today? Well, good news, you only have to wait another seven days for the next grand prix at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg.

    Formula 1 is back - and in some style. A truly thrilling few hours of action. Brilliant.

    Hope you all enjoyed that as much as we did. Thanks as always for sharing it with us and for all your comments. Hope you can join us again on Friday for the opening two practice sessions for race number two.

    Until next time, goodbye for now.

  2. Hamilton penalised for collision as Bottas wins - read the report

    Andrew Benson

    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer


    Valtteri Bottas survived reliability worries to win an incident-packed Austrian Grand Prix as Lewis Hamilton took fourth after a penalty.

    Four months after the scheduled first race, called off because of the coronavirus crisis, Mercedes' win was anything but the cruise that had been expected.

    Gearbox concerns slowed the cars and Hamilton was penalised five seconds for a collision with Red Bull's Alex Albon.

    Charles Leclerc took second after a stirring drive in the uncompetitive Ferrari while McLaren's Lando Norris took his first podium finish, just holding off Hamilton.

    The world champion appeared to be the fastest car on track but the safety car periods threw multiple curve balls into the mix and the race came alive in a chaotic final 16 laps.

    And the harem-scarem action took place after a moment's silence on the grid to reflect the fight against racism. All the drivers wore T-shirts saying 'end racism', but six of them - including Leclerc and Red Bull's Max Verstappen - chose not to join their 14 colleagues in taking the knee alongside Hamilton.

  3. Victory for Valtteri

    Valtteri Bottas
    Image caption: Number one, again (Source: Forix)

    In 2019, Bottas won the first race of the season in Australia and took the championship lead for a few races, until his team-mate, Lewis Hamilton, overtook him.

    Bottas had won here once before, in 2017, also from pole and this is his fifth win from pole.

  4. 'We can be happy for the podium, but sad for the performance'

    So, what of Ferrari? Team boss, Mattia Binotto explains...

    "We can be happy for the podium but sad for the performance. Yesterday was really bad and after such a bad quali you're not expecting a good race.

    "I'm happy the way the team has worked through the weekend when you are in such a bad situation it can be hard for the team - the team were united and I'm proud. For next week we'll analyse the data, maybe bring updates, we are working hard at Maranello on updates... we will see.

    "Without looking at last year and comparing it, we're qualifying a second off [pole] and losing seven-eight tenths on the straights. I'm quite disappointed, but very surprised by the difference and it's up to us to understand how it's happened.

    "Compared to last year, the engine performance is not as good as it was."

  5. 'To be honest I'm happy I spun only once'

    A despondent Sebastian Vettel is in the media pen. Even with his face covered with a mask, it's not difficult to see his disappointment and frustration, although he came 10th and got a point, but it would've been more if he hadn't spun.

    "To be honest I'm happy I spun only once," he says. "It was tight, it was Carlos, I think, one of the McLarens, I lost the rear and to be honest, I lost a couple of times - I'm glad I only spun once. It was quite entertaining at the end, but not the result I wanted."

  6. 'A misjudgement from Lewis; he should apologise for it'

    Red Bull team boss, Christian Horner has been speaking to the media. Speaking on Lewis Hamilton's collision with Alexander Albon, he says: "[He] got the job done, the pass was made, it wasn't like it was on the entry, what overtake is safe at the end of the day? Lewis isn't going to wave him past.

    "We have to use the grip advantage and he used that. It was just a misjudgement from Lewis at the end of the day and he should apologise for it."

    How does Horner feel about zero points at Red Bull's own circuit, one which they have had plenty of success at previously?

    "Coming out with zero points, and having to be in a position to win.. and then again with Alex... and come away with zero points feel pretty brutal," he says.

    "As soon as Mercedes turned the engines down after the first stop they came back into our straight line speed. The positives are we were able to put together a competitive race, and we've got some pace to find this week - we'll come back stronger."

  7. 'I'll take whatever penalty they feel I deserve'

    There are two sides to every story, (and every collision), and Lewis Hamilton offers an alternative view.

    "It's not been a great weekend for me, yesterday was entirely my fault and to get a penalty today... it is what it is," he says.

    "It didn't destabilise me, I did what I could. I had great pace, it was a really unfortunate scenario with Alex for us to come together again, I'll take whatever penalty they feel I deserve and move forward."

    What about Mercedes' sensor problems today? Hamilton says: "I don't know what the problems are. They tell us to stay off the kerbs, but I don't think it's the suspension... I don't know if they can fix it in three-four days, but I wouldn't put it past my team... they'll already working on a solution, probably."

  8. 'It's up to him if he wants to crash or not'

    Alexander Albon and Lewis Hamilton collided once again, causing Albon to retire and Hamilton to get a penalty. Words have not yet been exchanged between the two drivers.

    Albon says: "I'm a bit fresh right now, so I've got to be careful what I say. It is what it is, I felt we could've won. Mercedes had the pace, but as it all played out it looked really strong for us - they were on the hards and when went for the overtakes. I was confident and... it's what it is.

    "I feel like this one, I wouldn't say it hurts more, Brazil was a bit more 50/50 and this one I had already made the move - for me it was more [than 50-50].

    "There's always the risk of overtaking on the outside but I gave it as much space as I could, I was on the edge and it's up to him if he wants to crash or not."

    Hamilton was in the media pen near Albon at the time of speaking, and asked on whether he would approach him now, he said: "I'll cool off and I'll come back [to speak to Lewis]."

  9. How they stand

    Race 1 of who knows how many in 2020. Lewis Hamilton's five-second penalty for colliding with Alexander Albon drops the Brit from second to fourth, while Sergio Perez's penalty for speeding in the pitlane doesn't cost him any places.

    Lando Norris records the best result of his career and that is four points on the board in Esteban Ocon's first race since joining Renault.

    Antonio Giovinazzi gets in the points for only the fifth time ever.

    How they stand
  10. Get Involved #bbcf1

    Kay: WOW!!!!!! That race had absolutely EVERYTHING!!!!!!

    Martin Long: Wow. Just wow. Stunning last lap from Norris there!

  11. Winning mood

    Valtteri Bottas' girlfriend, cyclist Tiffany Cromwell, is on hand to join in the victory celebrations.

    Valtteri Bottas and Tiffany Cromwell
  12. 'Ahhhhh I'm speechless!'

    Lando Norris, who picks up his first podium, and equals his team-mate Carlos Sainz, with one career third place each, says: "Ahhhhh I'm speechless!"

    Jenson Button, who is conducting the post-race interviews says: "I really want to give you a hug now but I can't..."

    Norris says: "There's a few moments where I thought I fudged it. I dropped to fifth with a few laps to go and Carlos nearly passed me and I managed to get back past Checo and I ended up on the podium.

    "It was a good race, a hard last few laps to push as hard as I can, I'm so happy for the team to achieve what we have given where we were a few years ago.

    "The last few laps when I had to get past Checo I saw he had a five-second penalty. I was vulnerable to the guys behind but I had to try and get past him and then there was the Lewis penalty so I had to get past him and try and push it - it's a lot about rhythm here... and I'm very happy."

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  13. 'Wanted to take every opportunity'

    Charles Leclerc, who finishes in second place: "It was a huge surprise but a good one.

    "We did everything perfect today, had a bit of luck with Lewis' penalty and a few crashes here and there but that's part of the race too.

    "We just wanted to to take every opportunity to find the pace to finish where we were. There's still a lot of work to do but anything is possible. We will work as a team and we can come back strong.

    "I wanted to be very aggressive, every safety car into Turn 1-3 there was no opportunity here, but I knew my opportunity would come. Lando [Norris] was slowed down with Sergio [Perez] so I just took it."

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  14. 'It's a good start to the season'

    Valtteri Bottas our winner in the first race of the season once again, says: "That was definitely quite a bit of pressure on through the race one safety car was still ok with the last one I was like 'come on' there were so many chances for Lewis to come through if made a small mistake.

    "I managed to keep it together and control the race from my side and it's a good start to the season.

    "We had to manage the car quite a lot so we couldn't use all the kerbs but I'm glad all the cars managed to finish, and the team standings we are leading so that's a very good start."

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  15. Post update

    Right, let's hear from the key men, starting with our winner.

  16. What a turnaround

    In 2017, McLaren came ninth out of 10 in the constructors' championship, with only one top-six finish all season.

    What a turnaround in recent times for them. Carlos Sainz got himself on to the podium in Brazil near the end of last season, and now Lando Norris comes third in the season opener of 2020.

  17. Post update

    It is a very different podium to what we normally see, with them wearing masks and on little steps on the track. But one thing still remains the same, the spraying of champagne at the end.

    A delighted Lando Norris runs at his McLaren team, soaking all of them. Not one person will mind. What a great day for McLaren, what a great day for Norris.

  18. How they finished

    1. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)
    2. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari, +2.7)
    3. Lando Norris (McLaren, +5.491)
    4. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes, +5.689)
    5. Carlos Sainz (McLaren, +8.903)
    6. Sergio Perez (Racing Point, +15.092)
    7. Pierre Gasly (Alpha Tauri, +16.682)
    8. Esteban Ocon (Renault, +17.456)
    9. Antonio Giovinazzi (Renault, +21.146)
    10. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari, +24.545)
    11. Nicholas Latifi (Williams, +31.650)

    DNF: Kvyat, Albon, Raikkonen, Russell, Grosjean, Magnussen, Stroll, Ricciardo, Verstappen.

    Fastest lap: Lando Norris (McLaren)