Austrian Grand Prix, LIVE: Valtteri Bottas looks to make his mark

Austrian Grand Prix, LIVE: Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton begins title defence but will start from second at the Red Bull Ring after being pipped to pole position by team-mate Valtteri Bottas

  • Valterri Bottas is looking to win the first race of the new Formula One season
  • The Mercedes driver pipped his team-mate Lewis Hamilton to take pole position
  • Sebastian Vettel has plenty of ground to make up as he will start in 11th place
  • The Austrian Grand Prix is the first race back following the coronavirus crisis
  • Latest Formula One news, live action and results right here 

Valtteri Bottas will be looking to make a flying start to the new Formula One season in the Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday.

The Mercedes driver pipped his team-mate Lewis Hamilton to take pole position in qualifying on Saturday. 

Sebastian Vettel, meanwhile,  will have plenty of ground to make up as he will start 11th in the grid for Ferrari. 

Sportsmail’s DAN RIPLEY will take you through all the action, with the race due to start at around 2:10pm (BST).  

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A new 360 degree camera on his Mercedes spotted him going full speed past a marker boards. Can’t recall a decision like this ever being made this late, but his space on the grid has already been replaced by Max Verstappen

Britain’s Lando Norris will now start third for McLaren, with the sister Red Bull of Alex Albon also benefitting moving up to fourth,

Last night, he was cleared of speeding under yellow flags during qualifying – which you can read more about here.

But this morning he is back to the stewards’ room over the incident following a complaint from Red Bull, who cite Max Verstappen was given a grid penalty for a similar incident in Mexico last year. Keep your eyes peeled

QUALIFYING REPORT: Valtteri Bottas stuns Lewis Hamilton by pipping Mercedes team-mate to Austrian Grand Prix pole… but it’s disaster for Sebastian Vettel who is only 11th for Ferrari for season opener

Lewis Hamilton dominated throughout the practice sessions but it was his team-mate Valtteri Bottas who snatched a surprising pole position.

It was an eventful afternoon at the Red Bull Ring, and that’s before you even get to the Ferrari shambles that leaves Sebastian Vettel well down the grid.

We already know two of them. Lewis Hamilton’s supposed chief title challengers Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen are not being silent and although they stress to insist they are against racism, they have already revealed they will not take a knee for political reasons in relation to Black Lives Matter.

The drivers have been split on whether to take the knee in regards to the Black Lives Matter movement which has been prominent in the last month, with Lewis Hamilton insisting those that stay silent are part of the problem. That’s something you can read more about here.

We have not even had a race lap of the 2020 world championship and already we have had an intriguing qualifying session which sets up race day nicely, a Ferrari implosion, F1 politics and politics in general all greeting us following seven months without a race.

Hopefully race day will deliver the drama too as I welcome you to our live coverage of the Austrian Grand Prix.


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