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Valtteri Bottas reportedly facing his latest engine penalty at the Italian GP

PlanetF1 logo PlanetF1 9/8/2022 Jamie Woodhouse
Valtteri Bottas walks away from Alfa Romeo planetF1 © PA Images Valtteri Bottas walks away from Alfa Romeo planetF1

Engine penalties have become an unfortunate theme for Valtteri Bottas in 2022, with the next one reportedly on its way for Monza.

Bottas opened his account for grid penalties back at the Austrian Grand Prix, dropping to the back of the grid when he took a new Internal Combustion Engine, turbo, MGU-K, MGU-H and Control Electronics.

The Alfa Romeo driver was also demoted 15 places on the grid in Belgium, the first race after the summer break, although he actually improved seven places up the grid from his qualifying position due to a group of drivers taking back-of-the-grid penalties.

But now, his troubles at the Dutch Grand Prix are reportedly set to trigger more penalty troubles for the Finn.

   

Bottas would retire his Alfa Romeo C42 on Lap 54 at Zandvoort, his post-race comments already offering cause for concern.

“[It was] really unfortunate – just on the start-finish straight I started to lose power, had a bit of flames, a bit of very concerning sounds from the engine before it turned off, so let’s see,” he stated.

And now Motorsport.com are reporting that some fresh components are on the way for Monza as a result.

Their report states that Bottas is expected to take a sixth Internal Combustion Engine of the season, as well as a seventh turbo and MGU-H, for the Italian Grand Prix weekend, which would mean a 15-place grid drop, though further new components may be introduced to turn that into a back-of-the-grid penalty.

Motorsport.com add that although Bottas has two other Ferrari power units in his pool, Alfa Romeo do not believe they can see out the final seven races with just those, so are choosing the best time to act and cushion the blow of a grid drop.

After Monza, Formula 1 heads to Singapore and then Japan, with Alfa Romeo reportedly keen to avoid taking penalties there where overtaking is perceived to be more difficult than at Monza.

Having suffered Q1 elimination at the Dutch GP, before retiring from the race, Bottas would describe it as one of the most difficult weekends in his Formula 1 career.

“Absolutely. I think probably the most difficult weekend in terms of the pace in qualifying,” he said in response to that suggestion.

“At least in the race it was a bit more promising, but a weekend to learn from.”

Alfa Romeo are P6 in the Constructors’ Championship heading into the Italian GP, 17 points clear of Haas.

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