Dillmann to test Formula E car with Team Aguri next week

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Formula Renault 3.5 driver Tom Dillmann will get his first taste of a Formula E car at Donington Park next week in a test with Team Aguri.

Dillmann, 26, won the German Formula 3 title back in 2010 and has since raced in GP2, GP3 and Formula Renault 3.5.

The French driver currently sits sixth in the Formula Renault 3.5 standings with one podium finish to his name, but will sample a Formula E car for the first time next week.

Team Aguri confirmed via its Twitter account that Dillmann would be joining the team for the test at Donington Park in England, taking place on Monday and Tuesday next week.

Team Aguri is yet to confirm its line-up for the second Formula E season, but will enter the new campaign in a very different position to the one that it finished season one in.

The team has lost its title sponsor, Amlin, to Andretti, and is poised to use the season one powertrain supplied by Formula E while the other nine teams use a new one.

Dillmann is set to be joined at Team Aguri by season one driver Salvador Duran for the two day test at Donington Park.

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).