Bottas to pay grid penalty in Belgium for chaos in Hungary

bottas overtook Lando Norris’s McLaren in the wet braking of the first corner, where he lost control of his Mercedes.

That sent Norris squarely at him Red Bull the Max Verstappenwhile Bottas collided with Verstappen’s teammate Sergio Pérez.

That accident eliminated Bottas and Pérez from the race immediately before a red flag period was established due to the amount of debris that was scattered around the circuit.

Norris was able to take his McLaren car to the pits during the red flag, but the team found the damage to the car too great to continue, so he also withdrew from the race.

Norris told the media that Bottas had apologized for the incident, and was awaiting a sanction while commissioners investigated the incident.

In a statement issued before the end of the Hungarian Grand Prix, the stewards announced that Bottas would receive a loss of five places on the starting grid for the next round at Spa-Francorchamps, to be contested after the summer holidays, for ” cause an avoidable collision. “

In addition to the five-position penalty on the starting grid, Bottas also received two points in his superlicense of the SON, which brings you to four in the last 12-month period.

“Immediately after the start, in the braking zone of Turn 1, car 77 collided with the rear of car 4,” the stewards note read.

“The stewards took into account the track conditions, but the driver of car 77 was totally at fault for the collision.”

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Norris was disappointed with Bottas’ mistake, assuring that he expected better when competing with the drivers of the top teams.

“You expect a little more than when you’re racing the top guys at the front of the grid,” Norris said.

“But it is also true that they do not compete that often, they tend to ride alone, and they are not in the peloton, in dirty air and just like us.”

“So maybe they lack that experience, and they need to learn a little more in that regard.”

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