Valtteri Bottas has been hit with a five second post-race time penalty by the stewards for colliding with Lance Stroll late in the Mexican Grand Prix.
Bottas was one place ahead of Stroll and pressuring Nico Hulkenberg for 12th position when Stroll lunged to the inside of the Alfa Romeo driver into turn 13. As they rounded the corner side-by-side and then approached the right hand kink of turn 14 that immediately follows, Bottas’ left-front wheel clipped the right-rear of the Aston Martin, sending Stroll into a spin. Despite being able to continue after his spin, Stroll retired soon afterwards due to damage sustained in the clash.
Both Bottas and Stroll described the contact as a racing incident after the race. However, the stewards summoned both drivers for an investigation and determined that Bottas was “predominately” to blame.
“Car 18 [Stroll] made a passing manoeuvre on car 77 [Bottas] into turn 13, successfully and in accordance with the driving standard guidelines,” they ruled. “On the exit of the turn, car 77 ran wide and as it attempted to return to the racing line, collided with car 18 which was ahead of car 77.”
The stewards handed Bottas a five-second time penalty for the clash. The punishment drops Bottas from 14th place at the line ahead of team mate Zhou Guanyu to 15th, behind his team mate. Bottas was also handed two penalty points on his FIA superlicence for his perceived responsibility in the clash.
Before the race had ended, the stewards announced they would take no further action in either of the two incidents of contact between Oscar Piastri and Yuki Tsunoda. The two were fighting over seventh place when Tsunoda appeared to clip Piastri’s left-rear corner through turn two, before making further contact at turn one soon afterwards, when Tsunoda appeared to move into Piastri heading into the corner.
Tsunoda was sent spinning down the escape road, dropping towards the very back of the field. However, after reviewing replay footage while the race as ongoing, the stewards believed that neither Tsunoda nor Piastri had been “predominately” to blame for the collision.
Pictures: Bottas and Stroll collide
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