Bottas wins Austrian GP as Hamilton challenge hit by double penalty

first_imgValtteri Bottas stayed calm in a stormy race on Sunday to claim a measured victory for Mercedes as Formula One returned with a bang in a belated, dramatic and incident-strewn 2020 season-opening Austrian Grand Prix. Seven months after the final race of 2019, the Finn, who had started from the 12th pole position of his career, led from start to finish to come home ahead on the road of team-mate six-time champion Lewis Hamilton. The Briton, however, had been given a five-second penalty during the race and was demoted to fourth behind Charles Leclerc, who brought his Ferrari home 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 Red Bull’s Alex Albon in the final laps, forcing him into a spin off track.” “There was definitely quite a bit of pressure on me there,” said Bottas, speaking through a face mask afterwards. “One Safety Car was ok, but I was like ‘another one? And come on?’ Lewis was quick, but I was able to control it.” Leclerc admitted the result was a surprise after Ferrari’s dismal form in practice and qualifying. “I did not expect this – it’s a huge surprise, but a good one. We did everything perfectly to finish second.” Norris said: “I’m speechless – there were a few points where I thought I had fudged it. I am so proud of the team for coming back from where we were a couple of years ago.” In a race of three Safety Car interventions, run behind closed doors at the Red Bull Ring, Ferrari-bound Carlos Sainz finished fifth in the second McLaren ahead of Sergio Perez of Racing Point. Pierre Gasly was sixth for Alpha Tauri and Esteban Ocon eighth on his return to racing with Renault ahead of Antonio Giovinazzi of Alfa Romeo and Sebastian Vettel, the four-time champion in his final season at Ferrari, finishing 10th. Before the race even started, there was drama when six of the 20 drivers opted against taking a knee to protest against racism. Hamilton wore a Black Lives Matter t-shirt, while other drivers, who all lined up with him at the front of the grid, sported black tops saying “End Racism”. – Six drivers opt not to take knee – Promoted Content14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Is This The Most Delicious Food In The World?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made8 Fascinating Facts About CoffeePortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti7 Worst Things To Do To Your Phone9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreBest Car Manufacturers In The World Loading… On a very warm day in the Styrian Alps and following a late Red Bull protest that pushed Hamilton to fifth from second on the grid, Bottas was coolness personified. At lights out, he pulled clear to open a gap ahead of the battling duo of Verstappen and Norris behind him. Hamilton, fired by his penalty for ignoring yellow flags in Q3 on Saturday, was soon in a rhythm and by lap ten was up to third, 10 seconds behind Bottas and seven off Verstappen. Within a lap, he was second when Verstappen slowed, his engine spluttering, gifting the champion a pass to pursue the leader as the ‘black arrows’ took control. “I’m not quite sure what happened yet,” said Verstappen after his retirement. “I think it would have been an easy podium and third would have been a decent start.” A full 217 days after the last race, many teams struggled for reliability and it was clearly a battle of attrition led, almost inevitably, after their practice domination, by Mercedes until lap 25 when Kevin Magnussen went off at Turn Three in his Haas following brake problems. This brought out a Safety Car. On resumption, the luckless Vettel tangled with his future replacement at Ferrari, Sainz, at Turn Three. The four-time champion spun after hitting the McLaren and fell to 15th while Sainz retained seventh. At the front, Bottas led, but Hamilton closed up. On lap 52, Mercedes’ meander was rudely interrupted when Haas’ Romain Grosjean went off and George Russell stopped in his Williams and a second Safety Car was deployed. With 17 laps to go, Mercedes stayed out as their rivals pitted, Albon taking softs for a late charge, but another crash when Raikkonen’s Alfa Romeo lost its front right wheel at the final corner, brought a third Safety Car. With 10 laps left, Bottas led and Albon attacked Hamilton, but, as in Brazil last year, the pair clashed and Albon spun into the gravel, rejoining in 13th.center_img Leclerc and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen had confirmed a split among F1 drivers when they said they would not take a knee on the grid, but that they remained committed to fighting racism. Carlos Sainz of McLaren, Danil Kvyat of Alpha Tauri, Antonio Giovinazzi and Alfa Romeo team-mate Kimi Raikkonen also chose to stay on their feet. Read Also: UFC: Kamaru Usman sends message to Masvidal after open challenge The stewards handed Hamilton a five-second penalty, followed by an identical penalty for Perez, for speeding in the pit lane. “It’s still quite fresh so I’ve got to be careful what I say but there’s nothing to add apart from how frustrating that is,” admitted Albon. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Six of the 20 drivers opted against taking a kneelast_img read more

One more run for Big Time

first_img Press Association Trainer John Murphy will give Big Time just one more run this season, as he expects the colt to excel next season over further. After winning on his debut at Naas, the Kheleyf colt has finished a half-length second to Sudirman in both the Group Two Railway Stakes and Group One Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh. “I’ve always thought he’d be better over further so it’s been pleasing to see him reach such a high level of form already,” said the County Cork handler. center_img “He’ll move up to seven furlongs now, with the National Stakes the possibility. I don’t think he’ll have more than one more run this year, we’ll put him away after his next (run) and look forward to next year. “It was freaky how the two colts ran exactly to the pound, they are two very exciting horses. “My lad will have no problem staying a mile next season. He’s very exciting and looks like he’ll improve for further, he could be anything. Next year I’ll be able to train him hard – physically he’s very big. “Along with Tuscan Evening, who was also second in a Group One for me before winning Grade Ones in America, he’d be the best on paper I’ve ever had.” last_img read more

Preacher’s wife convicted of voluntary manslaughter

first_imgSELMER, Tenn. – A preacher’s wife who claimed her husband abused her was convicted of voluntary manslaughter Thursday for killing him with a shotgun she said fired accidentally as she aimed at him. Mary Winkler showed no emotion as the verdict was read. Prosecutors had sought a first-degree murder conviction, but the jury settled on the lesser charge after deliberating for eight hours. She faces three to six years in prison but would be eligible for parole after serving about one-third of the sentence. If Winkler, 33, had been convicted of first- or second-degree murder, she would have gone to prison for at least 12 years and maybe for the rest of her life. Her lawyers said Mary Winkler’s testimony was decisive. “They had to hear it from Mary; there was no other source,” defense attorney Steve Farese said. Winkler told jurors in powerful testimony Wednesday that her husband, Matthew, abused her physically and sexually, but she said she did not pull the trigger and the shotgun went off accidentally as she pointed it at him. The prosecution said it was ludicrous to suggest the shooting was an accident. Assistant District Attorney General Walt Freeland said bank managers were closing in on a check-kiting scheme that Mary Winkler wanted to conceal from her husband. Matthew Winkler, a 31-year-old preacher at the Fourth Street Church of Christ, was found in the church parsonage shot in his back in March 2006. One day later, his wife was arrested on the Alabama coast, driving the family minivan with their three young daughters. Matthew Winkler’s father, who is also a preacher, thanked the jury and thanked God for being “our rock and our shield” during the trial.last_img read more

Old Trafford must be a fortress again -Rashford

first_imgRashford believes the winning feeling has started to return to United since Mourinho’s arrival, as they claimed the Europa League and EFL Cup last season, although he admits they still have a long way to go to match the presence of Ferguson’s teams, especially at home.“It’s definitely coming back, but where they were to where we are now, we’ve still got a long way to go because they were consecutively winning,” Rashford was quoted as saying by Sky Sports.“Consecutively winning is different to winning one thing or winning two things. It’s more difficult because everybody wants to beat you.“We want to make it (Old Trafford) the fortress that it was before. I think we’re on a path back to doing that. We’ve got the right manager, we have the right staff, so it’s just about producing now on the field.“That’s what United has always been about, so it is important for us to try and get that feeling back to Old Trafford of winning.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000United’s Marcus Rashford celebrates after scoring his side’s first goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Manchester United at the Etihad stadium.MANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Nov 20 – Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford is determined to help Jose Mourinho’s side become as dominant as Sir Alex Ferguson’s teams.The Red Devils made the most of their home-ground advantage on Saturday when they thrashed Newcastle United 4-1 at Old Trafford, with Anthony Martial, Chris Smalling, Paul Pogba, and Romelu Lukaku getting on the scoresheet.last_img read more