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2014-03-29 23:47

VALTERRI BOTTAS: He's been docked three grid places for impeding Daniell Riccardo during qualifying for the 2014 Malaysian F1 GP. Image: AFP

ALAN BALDWIN

SEPANG, Malaysia - Williams' Valtteri Bottas on Saturday became the first Formula 1 driver to pick up penalty points under a new driving licence-style system introduced this season.

The Finn was also handed a three-place grid penalty for the start of Sunday's Malaysian GP when stewards ruled he impeded the Red Bull car of Australian Daniel Ricciardo in the rain-hit qualifying session.

It is the second time in two races that Bottas has taken a grid penalty; the first, in Melbourne at the season-opener, followed a gearbox change. He will now start 18th at Sepang.

RICCIARDO IMPEDED

Under the new system any driver collecting 12 penalty points during a race season will be given a one-race ban.

The stewards ruled that Bottas did not pay attention to the approaching car and impeded Ricciardo through turns 14 and 15.

Valtteri, fifth in Melbourne after Ricciardo was disqualifiedfrom second place, was disappointed by the decision: "I thought it would be OK and there would be no penalty," he said.
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