Bottas to start at back of Abu Dhabi grid

Bottas' wife Emilia - they are now separated
Bottas' ex-wife Emilia

Valteri Bottas' bad week just got worse. The 30-year-old announced on Thursday that he had divorced his wife "because of the challenges of my career", now faces a penalty amounting to 20 places on the grid the back of the grid because of an engine-related penalty.

The Finn will have a new engine for the 2019 finale after an oil leak brought an early end to his race in Brazil.

Mercedes said his car would have a new internal combustion engine, turbo and MGU-H, the part of the hybrid system that recovers energy from the turbo.

That takes him over the permitted number of engine parts for a season.

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