Valtteri Bottas is already onto his second energy store and control electronics following Saturday’s qualifying crash.
The Finnish driver binned it in Q3 as he got it wrong out of Turn 1.
He ran a bit wide, touched a spot where it was still wet following earlier rain and hit the wall at Turn 2 hard.
His mechanics worked furiously to prepare his car overnight with the Mercedes driver set to start the race P15 due to a new gearbox.
Disappointing qualifying by own fault, but can’t wait to jump in the car tomorrow to see what kind of opportunities the race will bring to us. Starting 15th. Keeping positive and will give all I have 👊🏼🇦🇺🏁#F1 #VB77 #AusGP @MercedesAMGF1 pic.twitter.com/8pSa5MXMRN
— Valtteri Bottas (@ValtteriBottas) March 24, 2018
He also has a new energy store and control electronics but those don’t yet come with penalties as they are his second of three for the season.
Mercedes tweeted: “We’ve made a precautionary change to the Energy Store and CE on Valtteri Bottas’ car, as we’d like to run some checks back home in the UK to ensure there’s no damage to them.
“If all clear, then we’ll use them again!”