Valtteri Bottas has been handed a 3-place grid drop and two superlicense penalty points for his spin in the pit lane in FP2 of the Styrian Grand Prix.

Bottas has been given the penalty for “dangerous driving in the pit lane”, breaching article 27.4 of the sporting regulations. He has also been given two penalty points on his superlicense.

“When Bottas pulled away from his designated pit stop position, he lost control of the car when he turned into the fast lane. He oversteered, spun, and came to a stop across the fast lane near the McLaren pits,” the FIA statement read.

“During the hearing, Bottas stated that in the past they have been losing time in the pit departure. So they tried something new, which was to leave in second gear. As a result, the wheel spin was much higher and the result unexpected. Therefore he didn’t manage to control the car properly into the fast lane.”

“This has to be considered as potentially dangerous driving, especially as personnel were around in the pit lane”

The penalty means the Finn can start no higher than fourth on Sunday, making it even more likely the pole position battle will be between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen

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