Valtteri Bottas issued three-place grid penalty for Styrian Grand Prix incident

Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas has been given a grid penalty of three positions as he was found driving dangerously in the pit lane.

The Finnish Formula One driver made a mistake in the middle of Free Practice Two during the Styrian Grand Prix weekend, at the Austrian Red Bull Ring, when he lost control of his Mercedes W12.

After second practice, the Finn was summoned to race control.

As a result, Bottas was given a three grid drop for ‘dangerous driving in the pit lane,’ under article 27.4 in the Formula One sporting regulations, in addition to two penalty points on his super license.

In the FIA Formula One Sporting Regulations, Article 27.4 states:

“At no time may a car be driven unnecessarily slowly, erratically or in a manner which could be deemed potentially dangerous to other drivers or any other person.”

During a stop in the middle of FP2, the Finn attempted to lay down some rubber from his new set of hard compound tyres. However, as the Silver Arrow made its way back onto the pitlane, the Finn lost grip in his rear tyres and his W12 spun around and nearly hit the nearby McLaren pit crew.

Despite the close call for the McLaren staff, no one was injured from the pit lane incident.

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