Bottas hit with three-place grid penalty
29 March 2014 – The Malaysian Grand Prix stewards have handed Williams driver Valtteri Bottas a three-place grid penalty for tomorrow's race, as well as two penalty points on his license.
The Finn was found guilty of impeding Daniel Ricciardo during Saturday afternoon's second qualifying phase, before his Red Bull rival progressed to the final shootout and secured fifth on the grid.
The penalty drops Bottas from 15th to 18th, promoting Lotus duo Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado plus Sauber driver Adrian Sutil.
Ricciardo complained after qualifying that Bottas had ignored blue flags on multiple occasions throughout the 2013 campaign.
Formula 1's new regulations for 2014 permit stewards to award penalty points to drivers for transgressions; if they rack up 12 points within the space of 12 months they are banned from a race.