Bottas penalised for red flag incident

Valtteri Bottas has been given a three-place grid penalty for the Brazilian Grand Prix following a red flag rules breach in Friday practice.

The Williams driver overtook Felipe Nasr between Turns 5 and 6 in the second session, which had been stopped after Fernando Alonso's car ground to a halt.

After being summoned to see the stewards, it was decided that the Finn could have done more not to overtake his Sauber rival.

A statement issued by the FIA said: "The driver of car 77 admitted he overtook car 12 under red flags.

"The Stewards in applying the penalty took into consideration that despite the considerable speed difference between the cars, the driver of car 77 could have avoided overtaking under the red flag."

Bottas was also given two penalty points on his licence.

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Series Formula 1
Event Brazilian GP
Track Interlagos
Drivers Valtteri Bottas
Teams Williams
Article type Breaking news