On Friday afternoon, Valtteri Bottas was been hit with a three-place grid penalty for Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix.
During the second Practice session in Brazil, the Williams driver passed Sauber’s Felipe Nasr on the straight between the Descida do Lago and Ferradura under red-flag conditions.
The incident came as Fernando Alonso’s McLaren was being recovered from the side of the track after his latest Honda power unit had blown.
Following a stewards’ hearing, with the four-man panel led by former F1 driver Mika Salo, Bottas was deemed to have committed the offence. A stewards’ statement stated the following about the decision as follows:-
‘The driver of car #77 [Bottas] admitted he overtook car #12 [Nasr] under red flags. The stewards, in applying the penalty, took into consideration that despite the considerable speed difference between the cars, the driver of car #77 could have avoided overtaking under the red flag.’
Aside from dropping the three places on the grid, Bottas has also collected two penalty points, his first of the designated 12-month period.