Williams could run the opening race of the season with just one car.
Valtteri Bottas was complaining of back pain during Q2. The team checked out the seat and its fittings but could find nothing irregular. Despite this, the Finnish driver was set to qualify third but for a small mistake at the final turn where he ran wide onto the bumpy grass which both cost him time and exacerbated the pain in his back.
As a precaution, Bottas was taken to Melbourne’s Alfred Hospital for a check up. precaution.
“Unfortunately towards the end of Q2 I started to feel a pain in my back,” Bottas revealed.
“Under the circumstances I’m happy with sixth place, but as Felipe proved, this is not a true indication of our pace.
“Given the back complaint I had during the session, the team and I felt it sensible to get me checked out at the local hospital and we await their diagnosis.”
Article 19.1 a) of the sporting regulations states, “During a season each team will be permitted to use four drivers. Changes may be made at any time before the start of the qualifying practice session provided any change proposed after 16.00 on the day of scrutineering receives the consent of the stewards”.
Therefore, should Valtteri is unfit to race tomorrow and despite having a super license, Suzie Wolff will not be the first woman to drive in a Championship Formula One race since Lella Lombardi.