ALL FOR NOTHING, OR NOT?
Despite Bottas’ excellent driving in qualifying, the Finn will start at the back of the grid on Sunday as a penalty after Mercedes changed the power unit in his car.
Bottas won the Pirelli Speed King award after he clinched P1 in qualifying and will start at the front of the the grid for tomorrow’s F1 Sprint race.
Points will be up for grabs in the sprint race, however, meaning Bottas will still be able to win points this weekend despite starting the actual race at the back of the grid.
Bottas said: “I think in Sprint obviously, there’s the possibility to get some few points, so of course [we’ll] try to get the maximum points tomorrow that we can and then it’s another fight on Sunday.
“Now I just focus first on tomorrow and try to deal with it on Sunday, and, having a look at the pace we have here, I’m sure we can get some strong points on Sunday.”
The last time Bottas started last on the grid was the 2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, where he eventually finished P4, so cannot be written off too soon.