Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team, lost place to the cars around him on entry to the first turn due to wheelspin caused by the heavy rain at the race start.
He slammed on his brakes and crashed with Lando Norris of McLaren, causing a multi-car collision that resulted in numerous cars being damaged and several drivers retiring, including Bottas.
According to FIA, after the summer break when F1 returns in Spa, Bottas will be serving a five-place grid penalty.
- Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team (@ MercedesAMGF1) August 1, 2021
After the chequred flag, Lewis Hamilton (192 points) is 6 points ahead of Max Verstappen (186) and Lando Norris (113), with Valtteri (108) in fourth place.
In the Constructors' Championship, Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team (300 points) leads Red Bull by ten points.
Post race, Bottas comments, "I had a poor start with lots of wheelspin off the line, lost a couple of places and then into turn one, I was right on the gearbox of Lando and locked the wheels."
He continues, "I misjudged the braking point - it's always difficult starting a race in those conditions, you're always 'guesstimating' grip levels and today I got it wrong."
He concludes, "I've spoken to Lando and Checo to apologize, it was my bad today and sometimes you have to hold your hands up."
DNF 🇭🇺🏁- Valtteri Bottas (@ValtteriBottas) August 1, 2021
It was my bad today. Misjudged the braking for T1 in the damp conditions which ended my + many others race.
Learn from it. And recharge for the 2nd half!
Congrats @OconEsteban for the win! And good to see @LewisHamilton fight back to the podium for important points! pic.twitter.com/2ugXCsq4B2