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Sainz and Hamilton among drivers demoted, confirming Austrian Grand Prix results

Following a series of retrospective penalties for track limit infringements, the FIA has released the final classification of results for the Austrian Grand Prix. Among the affected drivers in the new standings are Carlos Sainz and Lewis Hamilton, who have been demoted, while Lando Norris, Fernando Alonso, and George Russell have risen in the rankings.

The revised classification comes after the FIA issued penalties to eight drivers following the conclusion of the race at the Red Bull Ring. Max Verstappen secured a dominant victory, with Charles Leclerc and Sergio Perez taking second and third place respectively.

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Shortly after the 71-lap encounter in Austria, Aston Martin lodged a protest regarding the provisional classification. Several drivers had already received penalties for track limits violations. In response to the protest, the stewards noted that they had become aware of deleted laps due to exceeding track limits, which prompted them to request a reconciliation of all penalties from Race Control.

Subsequently, the stewards upheld Aston Martin’s protest and confirmed that additional penalties for track limit violations would be applied to the final classification. The FIA has now implemented these penalties, affecting Carlos Sainz, Lewis Hamilton, Pierre Gasly, Alex Albon, Esteban Ocon, Logan Sargeant, Nyck de Vries, and Yuki Tsunoda.

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The updated results show Carlos Sainz dropping from P4 to P6, Lando Norris being elevated to P4, and Fernando Alonso moving up to P5. Lewis Hamilton falls from P7 to P8, with George Russell taking his place in P7. Pierre Gasly drops to P10, with Lance Stroll rising to P9. Esteban Ocon’s position decreases from P12 to P14, while Alex Albon and Logan Sargeant maintain their respective P11 and P13 finishes.

Within the AlphaTauri team, Nyck de Vries falls from P15 to P17, and Yuki Tsunoda drops from P18 to P19. The stewards have applied the retrospective penalties as follows: a five-second time penalty for four infringements and a ten-second time penalty for five infringements. After a “reset” due to the excessive number of infringements, the counting restarts, with an additional five-second time penalty after four more infringements and a ten-second time penalty after five more.

The stewards strongly recommend finding a solution to the track limits issue at the Spielberg circuit. The penalties imposed after the race are as follows:

Carlos Sainz – 10-second time penalty Lewis Hamilton – 10-second time penalty Pierre Gasly – 10-second time penalty Alex Albon – 10-second time penalty Esteban Ocon – 5-second time penalty Esteban Ocon – 10-second time penalty Esteban Ocon – 5-second time penalty Esteban Ocon – 10-second time penalty (30 seconds in total for Ocon) Logan Sargeant – 10-second time penalty Nyck de Vries – 10-second time penalty Nyck de Vries – 5-second time penalty (15 seconds in total for De Vries) Yuki Tsunoda – 5-second time penalty.

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The Austrian Grand Prix results now stand as follows:

Max Verstappen Charles Leclerc Sergio Perez Lando Norris (previously P5) Fernando Alonso (previously P6) Carlos Sainz (demoted from P4) George Russell (previously P8) Lewis Hamilton (demoted from P7) Lance Stroll (previously P10) Pierre Gasly (demoted from P9) Alex Albon (penalty, no change in position) Zhou Gu.

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