Valtteri Bottas has said the 3-place grid penalty for his pit lane spin was “harsh”, saying “everyone’s trying to screw you over”.
Bottas spun out of pit lane in FP2, while he was leaving his box in second gear to try and reduce wheelspin issues. He ended up blocking the fast lane, and McLaren’s mechanics needed to push him around to get him out of the way.
The stewards deemed this dangerous driving, and handed Bottas a 3-place grid penalty, dropping him to fifth on the grid tomorrow.
“My personal view, it’s quite harsh,” Bottas said after qualifying.
“I never imagined after that that there would be a penalty. But of course, other teams when there’s equal opportunity, they complain that it’s dangerous, etc so we would get penalised. That’s how it goes. Everyone is always trying to screw you over in this sport.”
Bottas will want to improve from fifth in the Styrian Grand Prix tomorrow, where he won last year and in 2017.