At the Dutch Grand Prix, the Alfa Romeo driver parked at the end of the pit lane at the start of lap 54, triggering the safety car period.
Bottas still has two available Ferrari engines in his pool, but the Swiss now know he needs another example and doesn’t want to risk any of the upcoming races in Singapore and Suzuka Put a new one in the middle, because overtaking is difficult, so the qualifying is at a premium.
It is understood that the Finn will carry at least a V6, turbo and MGU-H this weekend, which if confirmed will add up to 15 positions, although he may take more elements of the weekend, which will A late start is guaranteed.
Bottas has been one of the unluckiest drivers in the field this season. In Austria, he was penalized for lag after getting a new V6, turbo, MGU-H, MGU-K and control electronics at the start of the weekend, and then went on to exemplify the turbo and MGU-H
At the Belgian Grand Prix, he again took a 15th place penalty with a V6, Turbo and MGU-H, which at least put him ahead of those who took more
Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo C42
Photo by Germain Hazard / DPPI
The V6 he will be driving this weekend will be the sixth example of the season, and both the turbo and MGU-H will be the seventh.
Team boss Fred Vasseur recently admitted that reliability issues at this year’s Alfa Romeo were costly, and not just those involving the power unit.
“As always, it was never the same thing,” he said. “I think the Ferrari engine is a step forward. We’ve done the same with the chassis. And I think Valtteri and Zhou [Guanyu] are performing. Overall, it’s a good step.
“Now, we also have some issues with reliability in terms of results. It cost us a lot of money in points and we were in very good form in some races like Jeddah or Silverstone and in some cases with Monday as well.
“It’s a real shame for us, and champ. But it’s what it is, we just need to fix it for the second part of the season.”
Alfa Romeo is currently sixth in the constructors’ standings with 51 points and has not scored in the past six races since Bottas and Zhou finished seventh and eighth in Canada.
Bottas was the fastest qualifying Mercedes at Monza last year and won the sprint race Grand Prix back row before being relegated due to a new engine, Turbo, MGU-H and MGU-K.