William’s Valtteri Bottas has been handed down a three place grid penalty for the start of tomorrow’s race, after impeding Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo in the second round of qualifying this afternoon at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia.
The penalty drops Bottas down from his 15th place to 18th, behind the two Lotus drivers Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado and Sauber’s Adrian Sutil.
Ricciardo was not impressed by Bottas’s actions.
“He was on his out-lap,” the Australian driver said.
“I’ll have a word with him. There were a lot of times last year, to be honest…,” he said, implying the Finn ignored multiple blue flags in the 2013 season.
“We raced each other a lot in the junior categories and I thought we had a lot of respect for each other, but it’s a little difficult how many times he’s done that now.”
The Williams driver was surprised by the penalty, not recognising any incident had taken place.
“I think there was nothing special,” he said. “We were both pushing. For me, there was no incident.”
Daniel Ricciardo shot through to Q3 nonetheless and finished up the session on the fifth position on the grid for the start of tomorrow’s race.
In other news, stewards have decided to take no further action with respect to the incident between Fernando Alonso and Daniil Kvyat.