The Williams Racing team has confirmed that Valtteri Bottas will not take the start for the Australian Grand Prix after injuring his back in yesterday’s qualifying session.
“Following the team’s earlier statement regarding the injury that Valtteri sustained to his lower back during yesterday’s qualifying session for the Australian Grand Prix. It can be confirmed that the scans revealed that Valtteri had suffered has a very small tear in the annular part of a disc in his lower back,” a Williams statement reads.
“Valtteri has since been evaluated by the FIA’s medical team and following a series of tests the FIA Medical Delegate has deemed Valtteri unfit to take part in this afternoon’s race.
“The team respect the FIA’s decision and will now work with Valtteri ahead of the Malaysian Grand Prix to ensure he receives the treatment required to get him back to full fitness.”
There has been a media frenzy outside the Williams hospitality unit for much of the afternoon before the announcement was made; the first hint came with Bottas failing to appear for the Drivers’ Parade and subsequent ‘Class of 2015’ photo on the pit straight (pictured above).
With neither Manor Marussia car managing to run at all this weekend, a field of 17 cars will take the start of the 58-lap race.
Image via Williams Racing / LAT and Manor Marussia F1 Team