• Bottas faces five-place grid penalty


    SILVERSTONE, United Kingdom: Valtteri Bottas, who was fastest in both of Friday’s (Saturday in Manila) opening practice sessions, is set to be handed a five-place grid penalty for Sunday’s British Grand Prix after an unscheduled gearbox change.

    Mercedes’ Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas drives during the first practice session at the Silverstone motor racing circuit in Silverstone, central England on Saturday ahead of the British Formula One Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO

    The Finn, who won last Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix after Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton received a five-place penalty for the same offence, will be unable to claim pole position if he is fastest again in qualifying on Saturday.

    A team spokesperson confirmed the likely sanction late Friday after a dominant Bottas had excelled during practice at Silverstone.

    The race stewards are expected to confirm all grid penalties later Saturday.

    Two-time champion Fernando Alonso is likely to be confirmed as starting from the back of the grid in his McLaren as the team plan to fit a new engine.



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