Jenson Button’s verdict on the major talking points of the Austrian F1 GP

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Hamilton’s double penalty and Bottas’ victory

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Lewis Hamilton received a five-second penalty for this collision with Alex Albon after the restart.

Lewis Hamilton received a five-second penalty for this collision with Alex Albon after the restart.

For the second year in a row, Lewis Hamilton lost to Valtteri Bottas in the first race of the year. As in Australia 2019, the six-time champion also crossed the finish line in second position behind his teammate Mercedes, but this time was ranked fourth after receiving a time penalty for a collision with Alex Albon. This followed a fall from the grid by three places before the race for not having slowed down enough for the yellow flags in qualifying.

Button: “Some really tough days for Lewis with the penalties – but it’s a weekend.

“I have been his teammate for three years and I know he comes back very strong after this type of weekend.

“But a big one for Valtteri, he made the right decision. “

In the top 3 Bottas-Leclerc-Norris

Socially distant and on the grid, that may have been the case, but the “podium” ceremony was certainly a nice place for the post-race interviewer. For Lando Norris, third place represents a first podium in F1 at the age of 20.

Button: “What an adrenaline rush there was through this race!” Really nice to interview these three.

“They are so excited. First of all, this is the first race of the season, so to be here, they are excited. They all had great races. An unexpected podium, but fair play for all of them – great work. “

On Vettel’s spin and the difficult weekend

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Leclerc and Sainz were fighting for the position in the third corner, but Vettel has tried to make an inside movement and will run away!

Leclerc and Sainz were fighting for the position in the third corner, but Vettel has tried to make an inside movement and will run away!

Sebastian Vettel’s swansong Ferrari started with a disappointing 10th place after the quadruple champion abandoned the order via a sloppy overtaking of McLaren Carlos Sainz – the driver who will replace him in 2021. Ferrari admitted they were far from the pace they want to be, but Charles Leclerc has still recovered an improbable podium place.

Button: “It was a rather embarrassing turn. I have always defended Seb, but it is something he will look back on and be very angry with himself, I think.

“But luckily we have a race next weekend and he hopes to have a better one. “

On the unexpected Ferrari podium out of rhythm

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Anthony Davidson and Karun Chandhok compare the times in the qualifying round of the 2019 Austrian GP of Ferrari, when they took pole, to the fights of 2020.

Anthony Davidson and Karun Chandhok compare the times in the qualifying round of the 2019 Austrian GP of Ferrari, when they took pole, to the fights of 2020.

A second place for Leclerc had certainly not been the expectation of an underperforming Ferrari before the race in the midst of difficulties with the pace of the SF1000. But with Red Bull scoring no points, it meant that Ferrari had opened a 19-point lead over their rivals in the standings. McLaren, meanwhile, takes second place early behind Mercedes.

Button: “It’s funny because it [Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto, in his post-race Sky F1 interview] didn’t mention Mercedes in a way as a competitor. He said “with our competitors not scoring a lot of points …”

“So he knows who his competitors are, which is good. It’s Red Bull and I think next week we’re going to see some good points for these teams. But maybe it will rain and mix again! “

On the unusually high attrition rate

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Kimi Raikkonen became the seventh car to be abandoned in Austria after losing a tire on restart.

Kimi Raikkonen became the seventh car to be abandoned in Austria after losing a tire on restart.

Only 11 of the 20 drivers completed the first race in 2020 – the highest Grand Prix attrition rate since Australia 2015. Even more unusual, the nine retirees appeared to be stopped by technical problems with their cars. Mercedes race winners also encountered reliability issues with their gearbox during the race.

Button: “We have had so many problems with cars with gearbox problems and brake failures. It’s really weird to see that in a new season.

“It’s not like things are new with these cars, with the transmission transmissions. Lots of retirements and it’s really mixed. This allowed for an exciting race and a mixed result. ”

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