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Bottas hits out at Stroll as potential race ban nears

Valtteri Bottas has criticised Lance Stroll's racing etiquette following an incident at the Australian Grand Prix that saw the Aston Martin driver slapped with a time penalty.

Alfa Romeo's Valtteri Bottas was left angry with Aston Martin rival Lance Stroll following the Australian Grand Prix. The two drivers got close together on a couple of occasions during Sunday's race as they fought it out for the final points-paying positions at Albert Park. Their battle saw Stroll come under the microscope of the stewards for both weaving and allegedly pushing Bottas off the circuit. As a result of his actions, the Canadian was hit with a five-second time penalty, while one penalty point was added to his racing licence, moving him only three points from a race ban.

Bottas on Stroll: That's not how you should race

Bottas escaped the scrap without damage or a penalty and went on to score four valuable points for his Alfa Romeo team. But it could have been more, he believes, with the incidents preventing him from pushing onwards to challenge Alpine's Esteban Ocon for seventh. "The weaving just made it really hard for me to decide where to go. It was a bit on the limit, I guess," said an unhappy Bottas, post-race. "And then yeah, that pass, obviously it forced me to go off the track. I don't think that's how you should race. I'm still amazed to get through it. "I think that cost me a bit of time, for sure. Maybe Esteban was reachable, otherwise. But still, four points is not bad." Stroll finished outside of the points in 12th position as the last driver on the lead lap.

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