Bottas Will Have To Start The Final Race Of 2019 From The Back Of The Grid

Bottas Will Have To Start The Final Race Of 2019 From The Back Of The Grid

Valtteri Bottas's Mercedes needs a whole slew of new power unit components, relegating the Finn to a back-of-the-grid start in Abu Dhabi

Following the incredibly rare sight of his Mercedes breaking down a couple of weeks ago in Interlagos, Mercedes has discovered that it can’t just fix a few bits and perhaps get away with a five- or 10-place drop because bits of the PU are, in fact, completely spent.

The team will therefore have to fit an all-new engine, turbo, and MGU-H. That takes Bottas over his limit for the season and means a 20-place grid penalty.

It’s not the way he would have wanted to end what has been probably his best-ever season in F1, but that doesn’t necessarily make it a bad thing. With all of those fresh parts only having to last for one race, theoretically, he could just turn everything up and have a blast charging through the field. He’s already clinched second in the championship - what joy would he take in moving up to a safe fifth when he could just absolutely send it and try for something more?

After all, if Carlos Sainz can go from last to the podium in a McLaren, then why not Bottas in a Mercedes?