Bottas issued three-spot grid penalty for overtaking under red flag


Williams Martini Racing’s Valtteri Bottas will have a slightly bigger hill to climb in Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix, having been issued a three-position grid penalty by the stewards.

Bottas overtook Sauber driver Felipe Nasr under red flag conditions, caused when Fernando Alonso’s McLaren Honda ground to a halt.

It’ll leave the Finn slightly down the order come Sunday, but might not be too bad if he can put a solid qualfiying effort together. At one point during the second free practice session, his car came out from under him as he slipped into a spin.

He ended sixth in the session. Bottas finished just 10th last year after a ragged race despite qualifying fourth, and failed to finish in 2013.