Valtteri Bottas Aims a Thinly-veiled Dig at McLaren F1 for His Styrian GP Grid Penalty
Even after achieving P2 in the qualifying, Valtteri Bottas will start the Styrian GP fifth after a three-place grid penalty by FIA. Moreover, the Finnish driver reveals the ‘harsh’ penalty is a consequence of rival teams complaining to the officials.
During the FP2, Valtteri Bottas was leaving the pits on fresh hard tires but lost control of his car and stop across the fast lane near the McLaren pits. As a result, the Finn diver received a three-place grid penalty from the stewards ahead of Styrian GP.
Luckily no one was harmed in the incident and McLaren was quick to lend a helping hand to Bottas who stuck in front of the Woking-based team garage. But soon after McLaren team’s manager Paul James bring the incident to the attention of FIA race director Michael Masi over the radio.
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What did Valtteri Bottas say?
“My personal view is [that it’s] quite harsh.” Valtteri Bottas on the three-place grid penalty.
“I never imagined after that there would be a penalty but of course, other teams, when they see the opportunity, they complained that it was dangerous, etc so that we would get penalized,” said the Finnish driver in the post-qualifying press conference.
“That’s how it goes, so everyone is always trying to screw you over in this sport.”
Toto Wolff unhappy with Bottas punishment
For the first time this season, F1 teams can radio message FIA race director Michael Masi and Toto Wolff was quick to take a dig at new regulation.
“It’s highly entertaining how quickly some sporting directors jump on the channel to Masi and come with Armageddon scenarios.” said the Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff.
“I find it harsh, particularly against someone like Valtteri who’s never putting a foot wrong. He was very honest and straightforward with his explanation.” said Toto Wolff after Bottas stated Mercedes tried something new to reduce time in the pit departure.
Bottas will start P5, Max Verstappen will start from pole and Lewis Hamilton will accompany him in the first row. While Sergio Perez shares the second row with McLaren’s Lando Norris who initially finished P4 but thanks to Bottas’ penalty.
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