Valtteri Bottas will avoid a grid penalty at this weekend’s Portuguese Grand Prix following the power unit failure he suffered during the last race.
However Bottas will not need to exceed the maximum permitted number of any parts, which would have led to an automatic grid penalty. Other Mercedes-powered drivers will also receive the same new hardware as Bottas.
The team fitted several new components to the cars of Bottas and team mate Lewis Hamilton prior to the Eifel Grand Prix. Team principal Toto Wolff said the decision to stop Bottas’s car when they did avoided more serious damage to the power unit.
“We have identified a failed electrical component in the control electronics as the cause of the problem,” said Wolff, “and the evidence suggests that swift action in retiring the car prevented mechanical damage to his power unit.”
Bottas’s retirement means he now trails team Hamilton by 69 points in the championship contest.
“Going from pole position to a DNF and a significant points loss for him in the drivers’ championship… was undoubtedly a tough blow at this stage of the season,” said Wolff. “A DNF is always tough for a driver, but one of Valtteri’s biggest strengths is his resilience and his ability to bounce back, so I’m sure he’ll be eager to hit the track in Portugal.”
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