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Valtteri Bottas

Mercedes to face the stewards after Bottas pit lane spin

A representative from Mercedes is required to see the stewards in Austria, after Valtteri Bottas spun leaving his pit box during second practice.

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A bizarre pit lane spin from Valtteri Bottas during second practice has attracted the attention of the stewards, with the FIA summoning a representative of the team.

Bottas was leaving his pit box on the hard tyre and was lighting up his rear tyres to lay down rubber, when he lost control of the rear of the W12 and spun to end up facing the McLaren garage.

"Yeah, I spun, we tried something different getting out from the box and it was.. yeah, it's just there was some variables to what we normally do with the wheelspin so that's why I spun," Bottas explained to the press after the session.

The Finn doesn't expect to be punished for the incident, saying: "I would be surprised if there is, it's a normal mistake, it happens."

While the practice of rear tyre warming is common up and down the pit lane, the incident was deemed serious enough by Race Control to send Mercedes a summons for the incident. Bottas, together with the team representative, will face the stewards at 16:20 local time.

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