Valtteri Bottas will take a five-place penalty on the grid for the British Grand Prix, Mercedes have confirmed.
It is the team’s second such penalty in as many races. Bottas’s gearbox suffered similar damage to that which meant Lewis Hamilton’s gearbox had to be changed during last week’s Austrian Grand Prix.
Mercedes had hoped they would be able to keep Bottas’s gearbox working until the end of its current six-race cycle, but have now conceded the unit will have to be replaced.
The penalty means Bottas will not be able to start Sunday’s race from higher than sixth on the grid unless other drivers incur similar penalties. It is the first penalty he has received so far in 2017, having previously been cleared of causing collisions in Spain and Azerbaijan.
Bottas said the team had started the weekend really well” prior to the news of his penalty.
“In the first session, the balance was not too far away, so a positive start. There is still work to do to get the car more drive-able and to be able to trust it more in the high-speed corners.”
“But overall I think it was a good start for the weekend. We just need to work as normal, try and make improvements for tomorrow.”
2017 British Grand Prix
- Damage caused Raikkonen’s tyre failure, says Pirelli
- Pirelli says slow puncture caused Vettel’s tyre failure
- Dominant Hamilton wins Driver of the Weekend
- British GP rates below its average despite late-race drama
- 2017 British Grand Prix team radio transcript