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Kvyat set for pit lane start in Austria after qualifying crash

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Daniil Kvyat is set to start Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix from the pit lane after crashing out of qualifying on Saturday at the Red Bull Ring.

Kvyat was one of three drivers to suffer a suspension failure on Saturday, crashing out at the end of Q1 to leave himself 18th on the grid for the race.

However, Kvyat will now be forced to start from the pit lane after Toro Rosso rebuilt his chassis overnight before submitting the car to be re-scrutineered, having broken parc ferme conditions.

“The Stewards have received a request from Scuderia Toro Rosso to re-scrutineer car 26 which was involved in an accident in qualifying,” a statement from the stewards read.

“In accordance with Article 25.5 of the FIA Formula One Sporting Regulations, the Stewards agreed that this can take place on July 3rd, before the race.”

Here is the revised starting grid for the Austrian Grand Prix with all penalties applied.

1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
2. Nico Hulkenberg Force India
3. Jenson Button McLaren
4. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari
5. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull
6. Nico Rosberg Mercedes
7. Valtteri Bottas Williams
8. Max Verstappen Red Bull
9. Sebastian Vettel Ferrari
10. Felipe Massa Williams
11. Esteban Gutierrez Haas
12. Pascal Wehrlein Manor
13. Romain Grosjean Haas
14. Fernando Alonso McLaren
15. Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso
16. Sergio Perez Force India
17. Kevin Magnussen Renault
18. Marcus Ericsson Sauber
19. Jolyon Palmer Renault
20. Rio Haryanto Manor
21. Felipe Nasr Sauber
PL. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso

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).