It’s been over 3 months since the F1 2020 season was brought to a sudden halt after 3 teams members from McLaren tested positive for Coronavirus. Bottas managed to come out of the pack as the winner.
Going into today’s race, Valtteri Bottas was leading the grid following his brilliant qualifying session masterclass and today he managed to lead all laps which saw him win the Austrian GP that was filled with chaos.
Considering the fact that this season is to have only 18 races altogether, drivers will need to capitalize on every single opportunity that they get.
Lewis Hamilton who was second going into the closing laps of the race will be more than gutted that he was unable to finish the race on the podium as he was given a 5-sec penalty after he collided with Red Bull’s Alex Albon who was trying to overtake him.
Alex Albon realized that the Mercedes driver was struggling to get his car going and chose to have a go at the defending champion in a corner, with a good opportunity he tried to overtake Lewis Hamilton but made contact with the Red Bull driver who ended up spinning.
Valtteri Bottas was able to steal the win at the Austrian Grand Prix
Charles Leclerc capitalized on the battle issues of the two teams and kept right behind Lewis Hamilton giving him a chance to scoop the second place after Lewis got a 5-second penalty, which also gave Lando Norris the benefit to take advantage of the penalty.
“It’s a huge surprise, but a good one. I think we did everything perfect today – we had a bit of luck, but it’s part of the race too. That was the goal, to take every opportunity”. Said Leclerc.
McLaren started off the weekend so brilliantly and it seems that they came with Lady luck as they were able to make the podium. Lando Norris who managed to get the best of struggling Sergio Perez finished 3, his highest ever finish in F1. Teammate Carlos Sainz finished 5 right behind Lewis Hamilton. For team McLaren, this was a fantastic result.
A very excited Norris couldn’t hold back his joy, “I’m speechless. There were a few points where I thought I’d fudged it up a bit… but I managed to get past Perez and end up on the podium! I’m so happy and so proud of the team”.
For Verstappen, Ricciardo, Kimi Raikkonen, Kvyat, and Virtual GP winner George Russel, it was a race that they will want to forget so fast after they had to retire from the race. Verstappen’s car lost power and just couldn’t continue any further.
Author: Moses Echodu
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