Revised grid after Bottas gearbox change

Tom Howard

Sunday 25th March, 2018 - 11:00am

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Valtteri Bottas crashed at Turn 2 during Qualifying pic: Formula 1 Twitter

Valtteri Bottas is set to start the Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix from 15th position after incurring a penalty for a gearbox change.

The Mercedes driver suffered a heavy crash in the final segment of qualifying at Albert Park when he lost control through Turns 1 and 2.

Bottas slid into the barriers and caused significant damage to the front and rear of his W09 chassis.

Mercedes has confirmed that the car avoided chassis damage but will require a gearbox change triggering a five-place grid penalty, which will see him drop from 10th to 15th spot for today’s 58-lap race.

Team-mate Lewis Hamilton will start from pole position alongside Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, while Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo will aim to charge through the field from eighth after a three-place grid penalty.

Toro Rosso’s Brendon Hartley is expected begin his maiden Australian Grand Prix from 16th position.

Race start is 1610 local time/AEDT.

Starting Grid: Australian Grand Prix

Pos Num Driver Car Qual time
1 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:21.164
2 7 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:21.828
3 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:21.838
4 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing Tag Heuer 1:21.879
5 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 1:23.187
6 8 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 1:23.339
7 27 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:23.532
8 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing Tag Heuer Penalty
9 55 Carlos Sainz Renault 1:23.577
10 14 Fernando Alonso Mclaren Renault 1:23.692
11 2 Stoffel Vandoorne Mclaren Renault 1:23.853
12 11 Sergio Perez Force India Mercedes 1:24.005
13 18 Lance Stroll Williams Mercedes 1:24.230
14 31 Esteban Ocon Force India Mercedes 1:24.786
15 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes Penalty
16 28 Brendon Hartley Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda 1:24.532
17 9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber Ferrari 1:24.556
18 16 Charles Leclerc Sauber Ferrari 1:24.636
19 35 Sergey Sirotkin Williams Mercedes 1:24.922
20 10 Pierre Gasly Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda 1:25.295

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