British Grand Prix : Bottas faces five-place grid penalty at racing event

Lynette Rowe
July 17, 2017

The stewards were informed of the change at 7.30pm on Friday. Neither Red Bull gambled, opting for intermediate tyres and it initially paid off, with Ricciardo leading Verstappen in the time sheets. His misadventure set him back but it didn't stop him altogether as he once again cut swathes through the pack to head towards the top of the leaderboard.

Despite being unable to claim his fifth podium in a row, the 28-year-old was in high spirits in his post-race interview.

"I would give this race ten out of ten in terms of fun".

He came to Silverstone amid a certain negativity, stirred by his no-show at the Formula One Live event in London, but here he has done everything he needed to do and more.

"We lost a bit, the first sector as well we are losing out, but I almost spun on the first run on the super softs in Maggots/Becketts". It was a bit bumpy.

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But with some excellent driving, he managed to finish fifth at the end of the race. "I just felt like the whole race I was overtaking cars and I hope the fans enjoyed it".

A number of penalties has slightly reshuffled the grid for Sunday's British Grand Prix.

I marvel at Lewis Hamilton's energy.

It is the second such penalty to be triggered this weekend - and the third in a week - after Mercedes confirmed Valtteri Bottas would be sent back five places for another unscheduled gearbox change.

"I hope they showed a lot of that on TV", said Ricciardo. "I am still confident we can fight for the podium, but we need to make a few improvements to make that happen". "That's all I was doing, trying to put myself in the spotlight". "Budapest is a great track, we're going to Hungary (for the Hungarian Grand Prix), right now I'm hungry".

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