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Jordan King wins FIA Institute young driver award

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Jordan King has been awarded the FIA Institute’s Young Driver of the Year Award after graduating from its Young Driver Excellence Academy.

King currently races in GP2 with Racing Engineering, and has been a member of the academy in 2015 as part of the FIA’s drive to nurture young talent and give them the platform from which to advance their careers.

Following the final academy workshop, King was named the winner of the award at the graduation ceremony in Melk, Austria.

“Despite the high level of talent demonstrated by the Academy drivers this year, Jordan’s skills and understanding stood out throughout the process and he is a well-deserved winner,” academy performance manager and GPDA chairman Alex Wurz said.

“I have no doubt that Jordan, and the rest of the Academy drivers, will go on to achieve great success in motor sport and build on the foundations we have helped them create.”

King has enjoyed a solid rookie season in GP2, finishing in the points on seven occasions and claiming his first podium in Belgium at the end of August.

The Briton has balanced his GP2 commitments at Racing Engineering with a development role at Manor Marussia F1 Team in 2015, and will be looking to build on a successful year in 2016.

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).