S
SEARCH
M
SW
Collect News Data
/esi/1339/6_A_10_405287_0/index.html?art_id=405287&ESI

Lewis Hamilton in the spotlight after opening weekend of F1 season

:Headline: Lewis Hamilton in the spotlight after opening weekend of F1 season:
The stewards found him guilty of punting Albon into the sand trap with 10 laps to run.

Lewis Hamilton's first race of his championship defence was tinged with controversy on and off the track after a pulsating Austrian Grand Prix.

After Hamilton claimed that division between his fellow drivers over taking the knee before before Formula One's season opener is further proof of racism in the sport, he was then accused by the London-born Alexander Albon of denying him the most unlikely of maiden victories.

Albon's Red Bull boss Christian Horner went even further by saying that Hamilton should issue an apology to his young charge for their dramatic late crash.

Before a pulsating race on F1's return to action – the first global sporting event of the Covid-19 era – six drivers, including Red Bull's Max Verstappen and Ferrari's Charles Leclerc, stood in the back row of a divided grid as Hamilton and 13 of his contemporaries knelt in the fight for racial equality.

Hamilton was one of 14 drivers to take a knee (Dan Istitene/Pool via AP)

Hamilton had just received the news that he would start three places back from his qualifying position of second – penalised by the stewards for a yellow-flag infringement in qualifying.

He eventually fought back to cross the line as runner-up – finishing just half a second behind the impressive winner Valtteri Bottas in the sister Mercedes car – but he was then slung back to fourth after the stewards found him guilty of punting Albon into the sand trap with 10 laps to run.

The five-second penalty promoted Ferrari's Charles Leclerc to second and McLaren's Lando Norris to third – the mightily impressive 20-year-old eclipsing Hamilton as Britain's youngest F1 podium finisher.

It was Albon who suddenly found himself in contention for a remarkable victory after Red Bull took advantage of the second of three safety cars to pit their man for fresh tyres.

Hamilton and Albon came together (Joe Klamar/Pool via AP)

Albon, 24, sensed that Hamilton on old rubber was vulnerable and he swiftly launched a move round the outside of the Briton's black machine. But on the exit of the corner, Hamilton's front-left tyre hit Albon's right rear – his race over.

"I am a bit fresh right now so I have to be careful what I say," said Albon. "I really feel like we could have won that race.

"I felt like I did the move already and I was focused on catching Bottas. The contact was so late.

"There's always a risk of overtaking on the outside, but I knew that as long as I gave him [Hamilton] all the space that I could then it's up to him if he wants to crash or not."

Red Bull team principal Horner said: "Alex didn't deserve that. A five-second penalty doesn't do anything for him. It was just a misjudgement for Lewis, and it'd be good if he apologised for it."

Hamilton's crash here was his second in three races with Albon. Hamilton was penalised back in Brazil for taking Albon out of first podium finish with a penultimate-lap collision.

"It's not been a great weekend for me," Hamilton concluded. "It was a really unfortunate scenario with Alex. It really felt like a racing incident but I'll take whatever penalty they feel I deserve and move forward."

Hamilton will be provided with a chance of redemption in just seven days' time at the same venue. Sunday's race may have been the first grand prix to ever take place behind closed doors, but the millions watching on their televisions around the globe were treated to a thrilling spectacle.

“It was a really unfortunate scenario with Alex. It really felt like a racing incident but I'll take whatever penalty they feel I deserve and move forward”
- Lewis Hamilton

Just 11 of the 20 cars made it to the finish as a series of mechanical failures, likely owing to the seven-month break between races here and in Abu Dhabi on December 1, helped to spice up the show.

Bottas, who beat Hamilton to pole by just 12 hundredths of a second, kept his cool to lead every lap and claim an opening win of this new era.

"The dream of winning the title is very much alive this year," said the Finn. "There is no doubt about that.

"I have to get the best out of myself each week. I want to enjoy this but I have to perform at the next race and be ready for whatever comes."

body check tags ::

amp_article_405287 : Collect and Make Data not in DataBase  : 
last updated article - 2020-07-05 21:58:20:
html db last update - 2020-08-12 01:29:47 :

ex - 7200 : read : write cache and make html

Coronavirus outbreak - Click here for more stories

Click here for more stories about Lewis Hamilton

Click here for more stories about Ferrari

Share this article now:
Show comments

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
UC
Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!
Recommended Next on SM
Wolff suggests Mercedes seat unlikely for Vettel
Man United's Sancho move 'in danger of collapsing'
Barcelona 'demand £81m for Man Utd-linked Dembele'
Montezemolo hopes Ferrari treating Vettel fairly
Premier League Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CLiverpool38323385335299
2Manchester CityMan City382639102356781
3Manchester UnitedMan Utd401814868383068
4Chelsea382061269541566
5Leicester CityLeicester381881267412662
6Tottenham HotspurSpurs3917111164481662
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves381514951401159
8Arsenal381414105648856
9Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd381412123939054
10Burnley38159144350-754
11Southampton39158165261-953
12Everton381310154456-1249
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle391111173960-2144
14Crystal Palace381110173150-1943
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton38914153954-1541
16West Ham UnitedWest Ham391010195063-1340
RWatford39910203865-2737
18Aston Villa3998224270-2835
RBournemouth3897224065-2534
RNorwich CityNorwich3856272675-4921
Scroll for more - Tap for full version

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
UC
Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
X

We value your privacy

A part of our GDPR compliance we need to ask for your consent. We and our partners use technology such as cookies on Sports Mole to personalise content and ads, provide social media features, and analyse our traffic. Click below to consent to the use of this technology on Sports Mole.