Valtteri Bottas’ participation in today’s Australian Grand Prix will be confirmed after a final medical examination, which will take place this afternoon, the Williams Racing team has confirmed.

The Finn, who qualified sixth-fastest in yesterday’s qualifying session, developed lower back pains during Q2 which were probably exacerbated by a wild tank-slapper exiting the final corner on his last flying lap in Q3.

“During yesterday’s qualifying session for the Australian Grand Prix, [he] developed a back injury which the team felt necessary to be examined by the FIA Medical Delegate at the circuit,” a statement from the Williams Racing team reads.

“Following this, he was transferred to Albert Hospital in Melbourne for further precautionary scans which revealed that Valtteri had sustained some soft tissue damage in his lower back.

“He remained in hospital overnight and following a restful night is now working with a physiotherapist prior to final assessment by the FIA in the early afternoon to determine whether he will be able to race later today. The team will release a further update as information is available.”

Image via Williams Racing / LAT

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