IndyCar: Race-winning KVSH team penalized after Milwaukee

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The Verizon IndyCar Series has issued penalties in the wake of Sunday’s Wisconsin 250 at the Milwaukee Mile. The most noteworthy penalty is the one levied against the winning team. Sebastien Bourdais’ No. 11 Chevrolet was found have been too light in post-race inspection and the KVSH team was fined $5,000.

Bourdais led 118 laps on the way to his second win of 2015.

Bourdais’ car violated rule 14.3.1.1, which states “The minimum weight shall include all lubricants, coolants and camera or dummy camera housings. Fuel, Driver and the Driver equivalency weight are excluded.”

The remaining penalties are below.

• Chevrolet received a deduction of 20 manufacturer points and Honda a deduction of 100 manufacturer points for engines that did not attain their life cycle during The Milwaukee Mile race weekend. According to Rule 10.6.4.3, 20 manufacturer points are deducted for an engine that fails to reach its 2,500-mile life cycle. The Chevrolet engine on the No. 4 KV Racing Technology entry and the Honda engines on the No. 7 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, Nos. 18 and 19 Dale Coyne Racing and Nos. 25 and 27 Andretti Autosport entries did not reach their life cycle minimum before being changed out.

Following the adjustments, Chevrolet has 1,213 manufacturer points for the season and Honda has 899.

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).