The decision Mercedes to ride in the car of Valtteri Bottas un new engine, And a turbo, for an MGU-H and a MGU-K will force the Nordic to start from the bottom the Italian Grand Prix on Sunday regardless of the result you get in the sprint on Saturday that orders the starting grid of the main competition.
Bottas, what dominated the rankings, was sanctioned with five seats for each of the new components of your vehicle's power unit, the fourth so far this year. According to the regulations, this penalty is effective in the Sunday competition, so in the race on Saturday the Nordic will start first.
“I know I will start from behind on Sunday for the change of the power unit, but the focus is on tomorrow and trying to get as many points as possible. We know that Sunday will be a fight, but our pace is good and I am sure that we can also finish ahead ”, Bottas acknowledged.
"Unfortunately, we noticed a problem with the Valtteri power unit towards the end of the morning session and did not have the time to investigate so we decided to take a new power unit while there was still time to change it.", he pointed Andrew Shovlin, engineering director of the team.
“The team did a great job making sure the car was good again for qualifying. That will mean Valtteri will start from behind on Sunday, but it's great that we have both cars in the front row by tomorrow. "Shovlin added.