Lewis Hamilton penalized after F1 Austrian Grand Prix qualifying

After a penalty, Lewis Hamilton will start fifth in Austria Sunday.

Lewis Hamilton received a three-place grid penalty for his block on Kimi Raikkonen during the Q1 phase of qualifying for the F1 Austrian Grand Prix Saturday and will now start fifth Sunday.

With the shortest track of the Formula 1 season heavily congested during Q1, Hamilton was an unwitting victim as he found himself caught between the two Alfa Romeo cars at turn three. On a slow out-lap himself, the two Alfas were on hot laps and, despite making it through the session, Raikkonen lost time and was forced to use a second set of tires on a second run.

“I saw one of the teams’ cars came by and I was braking for the hairpin, Turn 3, and I saw the other one coming,” said Hamilton in the post-qualifying press conference.. “So I just got off the brakes and tried to go straight on to try and get out the way, because I didn’t want to meet them in the corner and I don’t think I met them in the corner, but I think that probably put them off I’d have thought.

“It wasn’t ideal and I wasn’t aware that car was coming, so not the easiest.”

Hamilton’s penalty promotes Max Verstappen to join Charles Leclerc on the front row, while Valtteri Bottas and Lando Norris also benefit.


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