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Bottas given 3-place grid penalty for Qatar GP

2021 Qatar Grand Prix, Saturday – LAT Images. Credits: Mercedes.

Valtteri Bottas has been penalized for ignoring single waved yellow flags at the Qatar Grand Prix qualifying.


  • Bottas did not slow down when Pierre Gasly stopped at the main straight at the end of Q3.
  • The Finn is set to start Sunday’s race from the 5th position.

The stewards’ verdict:

  • “The driver [Bottas] admitted he did not notice the yellow flag displayed at Flag Point 16.6 and conceded that he did not reduce speed as required in the yellow flag area despite noting that Car 10 [Gasly] was stationary on the pit straight.”
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