Bottas and Stroll Handed Five-Place Grid Penalties For First Lap Crashes In Hungary – WTF1
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Bottas and Stroll Handed Five-Place Grid Penalties For First Lap Crashes In Hungary

What a Hungarian Grand Prix. We don’t think we will ever stop talking about it, and especially that chaotic first lap. Valtteri Bottas had an absolute nightmare and crashed into the back of Lando Norris, which also wiped out BOTH Red Bull cars.

Honestly, it seemed to happen in slow motion in front of our very eyes. It wasn’t just Bottas who had issues, with Lance Stroll also having a drama and driving into Charles Leclerc, who hit Daniel Ricciardo as a result. Seriously, you didn’t know where to look.

Both Bottas and Stroll have since been slapped with penalties. A Five-place grid drop has been applied to both respective drivers after the race. They will serve these penalties for the Belgium Grand Prix, which happens after the F1 summer break in a month.

For both Lance and Valtteri, they have also been given some penalty points. On both occasions, the drivers were given two points each.

Lance now is on six points in 12 months, with Bottas on four in the last 12 months.

Are these penalties fair or should they have been harsher? Let us know in the comments. 

7 thoughts on “Bottas and Stroll Handed Five-Place Grid Penalties For First Lap Crashes In Hungary

  • Jeroen Aerts says:

    penelties seem fair, outbraking yourself on a wet track can happen.
    I would be more interested why the red flag was waved that late. that there was a lot a debris was clear for every viewer at the moment of the crash. Cars with damage go in to the pits under the safety car to get a new nose or whatever, they loose a lot of places and when they come out of the pits the red flag gets waved and they can fix whatever they want on the cars. doesn’t look fair to me.

    • Lasha Pasieshvili says:

      Who cares penalties? If they decide to give Bottas penalty then it’s better ban him. Five place penalty is just ridiculous…

  • Jeroen Aerts says:

    penelties seem fair, outbraking yourself on a wet track can happen.
    I would be more interested why the red flag was waved that late. that there was a lot a debris was clear for every viewer at the moment of the crash. Cars with damage go in to the pits under the safety car to get a new nose or whatever, they loose a lot of places and when they come out of the pits the red flag gets waved and they can fix whatever they want on the cars. doesn’t look fair to me.

  • Lasha Pasieshvili says:

    FIA who cares your decision? Save your penalties for yourself, nobody needs your stupid five place penalties, save it for yourself.

  • Scourge of Richland says:

    The penalties are fair, they are professional drivers and should and do know that braking distances are reduced on a wet track. What ticks me off is Seb’s post race DQ. Penalizing him for having a t shirt supporting LGBTQ during the host country’s national anthem would be bad optics for the FIA, so they found something else.

  • So…if Toto was 50/50 on keeping Bottas and this tips him over, why not imagine (it’s silly season after all, eh?): 1. George Russell goes to Mercedes; 2. Red Bull, put out with Perez’ performance (regardless of alleged merit) drops him, SIGNS BOTTAS; 3. AlphaTauri, disgusted with Sunoda no matter what Tost avers in public, SIGNS PEREZ (PER MARKO(?))…why not? When Honda leaves F1 (trumpets) they should take Sunoda with them!

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