Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas was awarded a 5-place grid penalty for the next Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps for the opening lap incident at the Hungaroring, which took out Lando Norris and Sergio Perez from the race.

Bottas was also awarded 2 penalty points, added to his total of 4 points in a 12 month period. The stewards had also considered track conditions, but ultimately ruled the avoidable collision to be Bottas’ fault.

“Immediately after the start, in the braking zone to turn 1, car 77 collided with the rear of car 4. The Stewards took into consideration the track conditions however the driver of car 77 was fully to blame for the collision,” the statement read.

Mercedes can appeal this decision by the next Grand Prix event, should they provide evidence that was previously unavailable to the stewards during the original decision.

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