Bottas falls to fifteenth immediately after time penalty for Stroll clash


Valtteri Bottas has been strike with a 5 next put up-race time penalty by the stewards for colliding with Lance Stroll late in the Mexican Grand Prix.

The two motorists ended up preventing about thirteenth place with 6 laps remaining in the race when they clashed in the Foro Sol stadium area in the ultimate sector.

Bottas was 1 location in advance of Stroll and pressuring Nico Hulkenberg for twelfth place when Stroll lunged to the inside of of the Alfa Romeo driver into convert thirteen. As they rounded the corner facet-by-facet and then approached the correct hand kink of convert fourteen that promptly follows, Bottas’ still left-entrance wheel clipped the correct-rear of the Aston Martin, sending Stroll into a spin. Irrespective of remaining capable to carry on immediately after his spin, Stroll retired quickly later on owing to problems sustained in the clash.

Both equally Bottas and Stroll explained the call as a racing incident immediately after the race. On the other hand, the stewards summoned each motorists for an investigation and identified that Bottas was “predominately” to blame.

“Car eighteen [Stroll] produced a passing manoeuvre on auto seventy seven [Bottas] into convert thirteen, effectively and in accordance with the driving normal suggestions,” they dominated. “On the exit of the convert, auto seventy seven ran large and as it tried to return to the racing line, collided with auto eighteen which was in advance of auto seventy seven.”

The stewards handed Bottas a 5-next time penalty for the clash. The punishment drops Bottas from 14th location at the line in advance of group mate Zhou Guanyu to fifteenth, powering his group mate. Bottas was also handed two penalty details on his FIA superlicence for his perceived obligation in the clash.

In advance of the race experienced finished, the stewards introduced they would get no additional motion in both of the two incidents of call concerning Oscar Piastri and Yuki Tsunoda. The two ended up preventing about seventh location when Tsunoda appeared to clip Piastri’s still left-rear corner by convert two, right before building additional call at convert 1 quickly later on, when Tsunoda appeared to transfer into Piastri heading into the corner.

Tsunoda was despatched spinning down the escape street, dropping in the direction of the really again of the discipline. On the other hand, immediately after examining replay footage although the race as ongoing, the stewards considered that neither Tsunoda nor Piastri experienced been “predominately” to blame for the collision.

Photographs: Bottas and Stroll collide

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