Valtteri Bottas has been sanctioned with three positions on the grid in the GP of Brazil. The pilot of Williams advanced down regime of red flag to the local rider Felipe Nasr during the dispute of the second free practice session at Interlagos. The maneuver took place between the curves 5 and 6 when Finnish overtook the Sauber of Nasr, with the red flags deployed due to the mechanical fault in the McLaren-Honda Fernando Alonso. In addition to the penalty on the grid, Bottas adds 2 points in his Superlicencia pilot. Valtteri admitted the maneuver.
in spite of this, the penalty suffered by Valtteri Bottas is in contrast with similar decisions taken this year by the race stewards. During the Grand Prix of Canada 2015, Sebastian Vettel was penalised with a 5-positions penalty on the grid and 3 points on your Superlicencia for a maneuver almost identical made by the German to overtake the pilot of Manor’s Roberto Merhi between the curves 12 and 13 of the route Gilles Villeneuve. The action took place during the third free practice session and on that occasion, the pilot of Ferrari also recognized the error in the maneuver performed.
In any case, Valtteri Bottas will not be the only driver penalized on the grid at Interlagos. Daniel Ricciardo has accumulated a loss of 10 positions on the grid. The australian rider will ride in the GP of Brazil for its eighth power unit of the season, being the third time suffers a penalty throughout the season for this reason. Already, he was punished in Austria and Italy for exceeding the number of components used in the Renault engine in the Red Bull RB11. Finally, and at the economic level, Lotus was fined $ 1,000 after an ‘unsafe release’ of Jolyon Palmer during the FP1.