Sunday morning’s final warm-up for this afternoon’s Honda Indy Toronto saw plenty of speed – but also some incidents that could impact drivers and cars for the race itself.
Scott Dixon (59.1394 seconds at 108.719 mph) outlasted pole sitter Josef Newgarden (59.3694 seconds at 108.300 mph) by 0.2290 seconds to take the quickest and fastest honors for the warm-up session.
As for on-track incidents, with about seven minutes to go, Jordan King lost control coming into Turn 10 and went straight into the tire wall, resulting in significant damage to his car. King is qualified eighth for today’s race.
King told the IndyCar Radio Network that his team didn’t believe the damage was too bad and that it could be repaired for the race at 3:30 p.m. ET (live on NBCSN).
“The steering wheel kicked back a bit and it just slightly slipped out of my hand and that was it,” King said. “The damage is not too bad.”
As the checkered flag came out to end the session, and not far from where King hit the tire wall, veteran driver Tony Kanaan spun coming out of Turn 10 and heading into Turn 11 but did not make any contact.
At the same time, Ryan Hunter-Reay carried his car into the run-off area in Turn 3 but was able to exit under his own power and continue on.
The rest of the top 5 in the practice session were Hunter-Reay (59.4536 seconds at 108.145 mph), Marco Andretti (59.5365 at 107.994) and Graham Rahal (59.5645 at 107.943).
Sixth through 10th were Ed Jones (59.5690 at 107.935), Conor Daly (59.7888 at 107.539), Takuma Sato (59.7907 at 107.535), Simon Pagenaud (59.7930 at 107.531) and Tony Kanaan (1:00.2212 at 106.766).
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.
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.
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.