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Hamilton demoted to fifth on grid after Red Bull protest

Sunday July 05 2020
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Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton reacts after the qualifying round at the Austrian Formula One Grand Prix on July 4, 2020 in Spielberg, Austria. PHOTO | LEONHARD FOEGER | AFP

By AFP

SPIELBERG

Lewis Hamilton was handed a three-place grid penalty on Sunday less than an hour before the start of the belated season-opening Austrian Grand Prix.

The penalty was announced following a review, requested when Red Bull made a second official protest of the weekend involving the Mercedes team, by the race stewards of a decision taken on Saturday when Hamilton was accused of ignoring yellow flags in qualifying.

The six-time champion fell from second on the grid, alongside pole-sitting team-mate Valtteri Bottas, to fifth, while Red Bull's Max Verstappen was promoted to the front row.

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