Bottas penalty explained

10-second penalty for Bottas but Finn keeps fifth position; Driver and team clarify comments over Wolff's 'wingman' remark

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Valtteri Bottas picked up a 10-second penalty for colliding with Daniel Ricciardo amid a chaotic end to a Hungarian GP for the Mercedes driver.

The time penalty is added to Bottas' final race time but does not affect his fifth-place finishing position.

Pierre Gasly finished 23 seconds behind the Mercedes driver on the road.

Stewards noted that Bottas 'had a damaged front wing' after an earlier clash with Sebastian Vettel and 'with the compromised line and less downforce' locked up and collided with Ricciardo at Turn One.

Bottas also had two penalty points applied to his previously clean licence.

Stewards noted that Bottas 'had a damaged front wing' after an earlier clash with Sebastian Vettel and 'with the compromised line and less downforce' locked up and collided with Ricciardo at Turn One.

Bottas also had two penalty points applied to his previously clean licence.

'Wingman' comments clarified

Having slipped from second to fifth inside the final six laps, Bottas appeared dejected in his immediate post-race TV interviews and said: "I don't see any positives in this race for me."

He also took initial umbrage at comments from his team boss Toto Wolff who, in praise of the Finn's drive, described him as having been a "sensational wingman" behind race-winning team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

When told of the remark, Bottas said: "'Wingman' hurts".

But Bottas and Mercedes later clarified their comments, with the Finn saying he had no issue with the team and knew what Wolff meant.

Meanwhile, with Bottas having kept the Ferrari drivers at bay on tyres which were more than 40 laps old until the closing laps, Wolff said he had not been talking about 'wingman' in wider championship terms, on a day Hamilton won and extended his championship over Vettel lead to 24 points.

"In today's race, starting P2, Valtteri's race was the perfect wingman's race," he said. "I don't mean it in championship terms, because we have no number one and no number two, but just how he was racing was, from my standpoint, the best race so far from Valtteri with Mercedes in the last few years.

"The bittersweet feeling that I have is that he would have deserved to finish P2, where he started and where he was after lap one. Maybe the word wingman doesn't do him justice. He drove a sensational race and helped Lewis to build a lead. Lewis, on the other side, drove a faultless, spectacular race as well."

In Mercedes' post-race press release, Wolff said: "Valtteri drove what I think was his best race in his time so far at Mercedes."

The full stewards' verdict

'The Stewards reviewed video evidence, heard from the driver of car 77 (Valtteri Bottas), the driver of car 3 (Daniel Ricciardo) and the team representatives.

'Bottas had a damaged front wing from an earlier incident. As the two cars approached Turn 1, Ricciardo was on the outside of the turn and gave plenty of room.

'With the compromised line and less downforce from the front wing Bottas locked up, and collided with Ricciardo forcing Ricciardo off the track and causing damage. Both cars continued.

'The Stewards ordered a 10-second penalty, which will be applied to the final result, along with 2 penalty points.'

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Comments (25)

  • Neither looked intentional, nor would it match Valteri's history of clean racing. I thought the Vettel scrap was a racing incident and the Ricciardo collision was simply overcooking the turn in an injured car. The second one was a little reckless on Bottas' part so he probably deserved a penalty.

      2 years ago
    • 100% agree on all counts

        2 years ago
    • Bottas should have just let Ricciardo past. His tyres were shot and his car compromised. As a racer, knowing when the game is up is half the battle.

      If he had of punctured Ricciardo’s radiators, or plucked tyres off both cars would the...

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        2 years ago
  • Sad when grown men with nerves of steel act like over sensitive twats,if your teammates contract is better than yours ...Yes you are a wingman!!!

      2 years ago
  • Did Bottas learn to race in Forza lobbies or what?

      2 years ago
    • I know right. Hes a great driver, but after making the first mistake making contact with Vettel, he should've kept to his limits with his injured car. If the car wasn't damaged, then he would be able to keep pushing but what he did to Ricciardo...

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        2 years ago
    • He didn't make a mistake with Vettel. Vetter is the one that caused the incident. It was NO mistake.

        2 years ago
  • Seemingly the drivers title IS reserved for Hamilton.

      2 years ago
  • “I don't mean it in championship terms, because we have no number one and no number two“

    Then why did Mercedes tell Bottas to back off on Hamilton at Hockenheim? He could’ve gotten past, but wasn’t allowed to. How is that not having a number one and a number two?

      2 years ago
    • Because when both of your drivers are leading the race and other cars are only seconds behind. You cant risk the team finish, think of lewis and nico?? You cant compromise team finish if bottas was 1st car Mercedes would of done the same.

        2 years ago
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