Bottas to start Abu Dhabi GP from the back

Mark Scott


Valtteri Bottas will drop down the starting grid for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix because of a new power unit fitted for the race.

Bottas was forced to retire from the Brazilian Grand Prix with an engine-related problem that was caused by high oil consumption which escalated with his on-track battle with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc.

The damaged power unit was flown back to Mercedes base to see if it could be repaired for the season finale, but it has been unable to be salvaged.

Mercedes has confirmed that Bottas will be starting the Abu Dhabi race from the back of the grid.

On the issue that occurred during the Brazilian Grand Prix, technical director James Allison said:  “We know that we had elevated oil consumption during the race that ran away very sharply, very sharply, about half a lap before we saw it expire.

“The engine stopped itself rather than expired in a heap.”

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