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Fernando Alonso fastest in Saturday morning practice at Indianapolis

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Fernando Alonso was the fastest driver in Saturday morning’s final practice session before Indianapolis 500 qualifications with a best lap of 228.065 mph.

The McLaren driver topped rookie Jordan King by 0.1506 seconds in the relatively uneventful 90-minute practice session, which only saw six of the 36 race entries take the track.

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Kyle Kaiser was third-fastest in the session with a best lap of 226.197 mph in his first appearance back on the track after wrecking his primary car during practice on Friday.

Kaiser’s Juncos Racing crew worked late into the night preparing their backup car, so Kaiser would be ready to make a qualifying run this afternoon.

Ben Hanley (225.866 mph) was fourth-fastest in the session, followed by Patricio O’Ward (225.507 mph) and Max Chilton (212.974 mph).

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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).