Valtteri Bottas to start at back of Abu Dhabi grid

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas will start the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix from 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.

The 30-year-old, who announced on Thursday that he had separated from his wife “because of the challenges of my career”, faces a penalty amounting to 20 places on the grid – anything more than 15 and the regulations dictate a start from the back.

Reports By Andrew Benson / BBC Sport