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Bottas penalised for Sirotkin crash

Bottas penalised for Sirotkin crash

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Bottas penalised for Sirotkin crash

Bottas penalised for Sirotkin crash

Valtteri Bottas was punished by stewards at the Belgian Grand Prix after crashing into Sergey Sirotkin on the opening lap at Spa-Francorchamps. The Mercedes man was given a five-second time penalty and two penalty points on his licence, although it did not take fourth place away from him.

Bottas started the race 17th on the grid after taking a fresh power unit, but remained hopeful of a podium finish.

Those hopes effectively went up in smoke as he rear-ended the Williams, forcing him into the pits for a new nose

Sirotkin survived the crash to briefly run ninth - his first tours in the top 10 all season - but he finished 12th.

Bottas stormed past the Force India of Sergio Perez with four laps to go and opened up a 7.4 second gap by the chequered flag, ensuring he kept his place despite the penalty.

He said of his race: "I was hoping to maybe get the chance to be on podium, but I had a collision going into Turn 1 which damaged my front wing.

"After that P4 was the maximum we could get and it's not a bad result given the fact that we started from P17.

"I actually quite enjoyed the drive today, as I got to overtake a lot of cars. My favourite moment was probably the pass in Eau Rouge - that was a lot of fun."

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