‘Precautionary changes’ after Bottas’ crash

Date published: March 25 2018

Valtteri Bottas is already onto his second energy store and control electronics following Saturday’s qualifying crash.

The Finnish driver binned it in Q3 as he got it wrong out of Turn 1.

He ran a bit wide, touched a spot where it was still wet following earlier rain and hit the wall at Turn 2 hard.

His mechanics worked furiously to prepare his car over night with the Mercedes driver set to start the race P15 due to a new gearbox.

He also has a new energy store and control electronics but those don’t yet come with penalties as they are his second of three for the season.

Mercedes tweeted: “We’ve made a precautionary change to the Energy Store and CE on Valtteri Bottas’ car, as we’d like to run some checks back home in the UK to ensure there’s no damage to them

“If all clear, then we’ll use them again!”