Report: Filippi, Brabham set for IndyCar oval tests

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CFH Racing road and street course ace Luca Filippi and Andretti Autosport-affiliated driver Matthew Brabham will have their first formal oval running in an IndyCar on Wednesday at Iowa Speedway, per an report.

Filippi has never driven on an oval even though he has spent parts of three seasons in the Verizon IndyCar Series, all as a specialist on the “twisties.” He’ll saddle up in his usual No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet, driven on ovals by team co-owner Ed Carpenter as it stands.

Brabham, meanwhile, drove the full 2014 Indy Lights and the opening three races this season with Andretti’s team and will have his first official day of running in Marco Andretti’s No. 27 Snapple Honda.

The INDYCAR rulebook allows for two days of rookie testing.

Valtteri Bottas wins chaotic season-opening F1 Austrian Grand Prix

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SPIELBERG, Austria — Valtteri Bottas won a chaotic season-opening F1 Austrian Grand Prix while six-time series champion Lewis Hamilton finished fourth after getting a late time penalty Sunday.

The Formula One race was interrupted three times by a safety car, and nine of 20 drivers abandoned, including both Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Alexander Albon – who tried to overtake Hamilton on the outside with 10 laps left, touched wheels and flew off track.

Hamilton was given a 5-second time penalty for causing the collision, having earlier been hit with a three-place grid penalty after an incident in Saturday’s qualifying was reviewed by stewards.

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Bottas led all 71 laps in the eighth victory of his career. It was the second consecutive victory in the season opener for the Finn, though he won four months earlier in 2019 after this season’s start was delayed by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Lando Norris of McLaren F1 celebrates after his first podium finish (Mark Thompson/Getty Images).

Bottas started from pole position and Hamilton from fifth, but it looked like a straight fight between the two Mercedes drivers as has been the case so often in recent years.

But late drama in Spielberg ensured otherwise and Hamilton’s time penalty meant Charles Leclerc took second place for Ferrari, and Lando Norris sent McLaren’s garage into raptures – and threw all social distancing rules out of the window amid the euphoria – with third place.

It was the 20-year-old British driver’s first career podium, and his superb final lap was the fastest of a dramatic season opener.

Norris became the youngest British driver to secure a podium finish and the third-youngest ever in Formula One.

Valtteri Bottas leads Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton during the Formula One Grand Prix of Austria (Mark Thompson/Getty Images).