Dillmann pleased with maiden Formula E outing

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Tom Dillmann believes that he made the most of his maiden outing in an FIA Formula E car with Team Aguri at Donington Park earlier this week, but is unsure when he will get another opportunity to test.

Currently racing in Formula Renault 3.5, Dillmann was called up to test with Team Aguri at the first public running ahead of Formula E’s second season, starting in Beijing on October 17.

Dillmann managed to finish inside the top ten of the standings on both days of running at Donington Park despite having never tested the car before, and was pleased with the mileage that he managed to rack up.

“It was my first time in the car so it was about getting the mileage,” Dillmann told the series’ website. “I did one qualifying sim and then some race runs. It was a packed day, so we made the most of it.

“It went quite well. I spent the last four days with the team on the simulator at the workshop so they prepared me well. Of course it’s very different but I had no surprises today, it was as I expected.”

Dillmann admitted that he has no further tests with Team Aguri planned for the time being, with next week’s running being allocated to Nicolas Lapierre and Nathanael Berthon.

“I don’t know more at the moment,” Dillmann said. “It depends on what they do for next year, so we’ll have to see, but I enjoyed it.

“It was fun to go to 200kw in the afternoon and I wish we could do more laps like that. Of course it’s slower than anything I’ve raced before but it’s not easy to get a good time and when you are up against such good drivers and to compare yourself against a grid like that it makes it thrilling.”

Testing at Donington Park resumes on Monday, with four further days planned in the next two weeks.

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).