Bottas poised for five-place grid penalty
6 October 2017 – Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas is poised for a five-place grid penalty at this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix, with a new gearbox to be fitted to his W08.
Bottas has endured a difficult string of races since Formula 1's summer break, with Mercedes chief Toto Wolff commenting that addressing the Finn's form is a "priority" for Mercedes.
However, a document issued on Friday evening confirmed that Bottas has taken on a new gearbox.
Drivers must use the same gearbox for six consecutive events, unless they retire from the previous race, and as a result Bottas is set to receive a five-place grid penalty.
Bottas finished fifth quickest during the dry-weather opening practice session at Suzuka and did not run in the rain-affected second session.
It is the third time this season that a Mercedes driver has taken a gearbox penalty, with Lewis Hamilton (in Austria) and Bottas (in Britain) previously suffering the setback.
Hamilton and Kevin Magnussen (due to their six-event cycle ending) and Carlos Sainz Jr. (who retired in Malaysia) have also taken on new gearboxes.