Bottas Handed Grid Penalty For Impeding Ricciardo

Valtteri Bottas has been handed a post-Qualifying grid penalty for impeding Daniel Ricciardo.

The Finn was called to the Stewards office after Red Bull referred the matter to race officials. Ricciardo blasted Bottas over the radio during Q2 for driving slowly ahead of him on more than one occasion. Bottas, however, was one of the only drivers using intermediate tyres in the hopes of reaching Q3, but he was driving much slower than everyone else on the grid. At the time that Ricciardo complained about him, Bottas was dead last.

Eventually the stewards found that Bottas had indeed impeded Ricciardo and handed him a three place grid penalty. This demotes Bottas to eighteenth and promotes Romain Grosjean, Pastor Maldonado and Adrian Sutil to fifteenth, sixteenth and seventeenth respectively.

The Stewards also handed Jean-Eric Vergne a €1,000 fine for twice speeding in the pitlane. To catch up on all the happenings of today’s exciting Qualifying session, click here.


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