Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas will take his second grid penalty for power unit changes in as many races, with the Finn set to start the Russian Grand Prix from P17.
Bottas qualified P7 at the Sochi Autodrom. The track where he’d never previously qualified outside of the top four. On Saturday afternoon as Lewis Hamilton took P4 on the grid. Behind shock pole-sitter Lando Norris, Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz, and Williams’ George Russell.
A spokesperson from Mercedes confirmed that the decision to switch up Bottas’ power unit – which was also changed for the Italian Grand Prix two weeks ago, forcing Bottas to start from the back of the grid in Monza – was a tactical one, with Hamilton’s title rival Max Verstappen also starting at the back after taking on a fourth Honda power unit.
But Mercedes then took the decision to change Bottas’ power unit. The Finnish Driver is now set to start the Russian GP from 17th on the grid.
But will VB be able to recover from the penalty?
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