Off the Grid: Austria features chat with Red Bull’s dynamic duo

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In Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing has perhaps F1’s most dynamic young driver pairing, if not the out-and-out youngest combined pairing on the grid.

As part of Off the Grid: Austria, which premieres on Friday, October 21, at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, NBCSN’s Will Buxton caught up with the pair of them at Red Bull’s home track, and home race – the Austrian Grand Prix from the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria.

Ricciardo is in his sixth overall, fifth full-time and third complete season with Red Bull. Verstappen is in his second year, and the 19-year-old Dutchman was called up from Scuderia Toro Rosso earlier this year to the senior squad, and promptly won on debut in Spain.

It’s an enlightening and fun chat Buxton has with the pair of them, which you can see above. It will air as part of the full show on Friday, a preview of which you can see below.

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).