Formula 1 driver Valtteri Bottas will be set back three places at the start of the Styrian Grand Prix on Sunday.
The Mercedes Finn was penalized for an inadmissible action in the pit lane during free practice. He was found guilty of ‘potentially dangerous driving’.
Bottas defended himself by saying that he had wanted to try something new but hadn’t quite succeeded.
Bottas spun when he pulled away from a little too enthusiastically after practising a pit stop. Bottas lost control of his Mercedes and went around in circles. He was lucky that he didn’t hit anyone in the narrow pit lane. Bottas did not get further than the twelfth time in training.
It will only become clear after Saturday’s qualifying what the starting order will look like.