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Bottas gets new power unit, will start 17th

Formula One – Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, Russian GP 2021. Valtteri Bottas. Credits: Daimler.

Valtteri Bottas will start Sunday’s Russian GP from the back of the grid after another engine change.

Why it matters: It is the second time in two race weekends that the Finn will start in the rear due to power unit change.


  • Bottas is the fourth driver to have a new power unit this weekend after Charles Leclerc, Max Verstappen, and Nicholas Latifi.
  • The decision has likely been made in order to impede Verstappen.
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