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NINE cars retire as F1 returns in chaos and carnage at Austrian GP

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F1 is back, and it’s as chaotic as ever.

Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas led from pole to the chequered flag to claim the first race of the delayed 2020 season at the Austrian Grand Prix, but it was what happened behind the Finn that sent fans wild.

NINE cars were forced to retire – including Daniel Ricciardo’s Renault and both Red Bulls – while reigning world champion and Mercedes star Lewis Hamilton was handed a five-second time penalty for a late collision while defending second place.

That led to him being dropped to fourth after the race finished, with Charles Leclerc of Ferrari promoted to an unlikely second and McLaren’s Lando Norris claiming a stunning third place.

Norris pulled off the fastest lap of the race on the final lap to finish 4.8 seconds behind Hamilton – only just beating him after the penalty was applied.

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Austrian GP top 10 result

1. Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes

2. Charles Leclerc, Ferrari

3. Lando Norris, McLaren

4. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes

5. Carlos Sainz, McLaren

6. Sergio Perez, Racing Point

7. Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri

8. Esteban Ocon, Renault

9. Antonio Giovinazzi, Alfa Romeo

10. Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari

The drama had begun before the race even started, when Lewis Hamilton was handed a three-place grid penalty just an hour before the lights went out.

Hamilton finished second in qualifying (behind teammate Valtteri Bottas), but had allegedly failed to slow for yellow flags on his final lap after polesitter Bottas ran into the grass.

Race stewards decided to take no punishment on Saturday night (local) over the incident, claiming ‘conflicting signals’ were shown to Hamilton.

But Red Bull – whose Max Verstappen was set to start from third – requested a review of the decision before the race, which overturned the original decisions. Hamilton was handed a three-place grid penalty (down to fifth), raising Verstappen to the front row.

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