Tue. Sep 28th, 2021

Valtteri Bottas and Lance Stroll have both been given five-place grid penalties for the next race in Belgium as a result of the chaotic start to this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix.

Bottas suffered a poor start and then braked too late into the first corner, the mercedes running into the side of Lando Norris’ McLaren and pushing it into Max Verstappen whose Red Bull team mate Sergio Perez was also taken out.

“Immediately after the start, in the braking zone to turn 1, car 77 collided with the rear of car 4,” and official statement from the stewards said.

“The stewards took into consideration the track conditions however the driver of car 77 was fully to blame for the collision.”

As well as a five place drop in Spa, Bottas has also received two penalty points on his F1 superlicence.

“I had a poor start,” the Finn said later. “Wheel spin off the line, and lost places, and then braking into first corner I was right in the gearbox of Lando.

“I just locked the wheels so probably being that close didn’t calculate quite right the braking point, locked two wheels, hit him, and then it was a mess.”

Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll also received a five place grid drop and two penalty points for a separate incident in which he out-braked himself down the inside into the same corner into Charles Leclerc, and tipping Daniel Ricciardo into a spin.

They weren’t the only drivers making a visit to the stewards office after the end of a wet and wild race.

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