Bottas penalised for Sirotkin start clash at Spa, keeps fourth

Mercedes Formula 1 driver Valtteri Bottas has been given a five-second penalty and two penalty points for colliding with Williams's Sergey Sirotkin at the Belgian Grand Prix's first corner

Bottas penalised for Sirotkin start clash at Spa, keeps fourth

But Bottas holds on to his fourth place finish ahead of Sergio Perez.

Bottas had piled into the back of Sirotkin's FW41 on the approach to La Source at the start, damaging his own front wing in the collision.

A safety car brought out by the big crash involving Nico Hulkenberg, Fernando Alonso and Charles Leclerc at the same corner allowed Bottas to pit for repairs without losing too much time, and the Finn was able to fight his way through the pack to finish fourth.

Sirotkin, whose car seemingly escaped without major damage, ended up 12th at the chequered flag.

While the incident had no major consequences for either driver's race, the FIA stewards summoned Bottas after the event had concluded and elected to give him a penalty for the incident.

The penalty did not impact Bottas' Belgian GP result, as he had finished over seven seconds ahead of fifth place finisher Sergio Perez.

"The driver of car 77 [Bottas] admitted the collision was his fault, that he had completely misjudged the situation and that the braking of car 35 [Sirotkin] caught him by surprise and that he should've left more margin," read the stewards' bullet announcing the verdict.

The penalty points take Bottas to a total of four for the current 12-month period.

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