Valtteri Bottas stayed calm in a stormy race on Sunday to say a measured victory for Mercedes as Method One returned with a bang in a belated, dramatic and incident-strewn 2020 season-opening Austrian Grand Prix.
Seven months after the ultimate race of 2019, the Finn, who had began from the 12th pole place of his profession, led from begin to end to return house forward on the highway of team-mate six-time champion Lewis Hamilton.
The Briton, nonetheless, had been given a five-second penalty throughout the race and was demoted to fourth behind Charles Leclerc, who introduced his Ferrari house second and Briton Lando Norris who claimed his maiden podium for McLaren.
Hamilton, hit with a late pre-race grid penalty that dropped him from second to fifth, had clashed with Pink Bull’s Alex Albon within the remaining laps, forcing him right into a spin off monitor.
Earlier than the race even began, there was drama when six of the 20 drivers opted towards taking a knee to protest towards racism.
Hamilton wore a Black Lives Matter t-shirt, whereas different drivers, who all lined up with him on the entrance of the grid, sported black tops saying “Finish Racism”.