Why Bottas's penalty was wrong

Why Bottas's penalty was wrong

Valtteri Bottas was at fault in his Bahrain Grand Prix first-lap collision with Lewis Hamilton, but that doesn't mean a penalty was warranted - and awarding one is a bad sign for close racing in Formula 1, reckons EDD STRAW

Two years ago, the FIA made the wise decision to be a little more lenient when it came to penalising Formula 1 drivers for incidents in the interests of encouraging good racing. That made a lot of sense as to be too harsh hardly incentivised overtaking.

Yet still the 'racing accident' verdict is sometimes a little too rare. Valtteri Bottas's penalty for colliding with Lewis Hamilton at the start of the Bahrain Grand Prix is one such example.

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