Alfa Romeo changes Bottas chassis after Imola F1 qualifying exhaust damage

Bottas suffered a broken exhaust during Q3 on Friday, and was told by the team to pull over and stop after telemetry flagged rising temperatures.

After inspecting the car the team realised that damage to the wiring loom and other systems was so significant that it was easier to swap to the spare chassis than attempt repairs.

Due to parc ferme the job didn’t get properly underway until Saturday morning. 

 The team hoped to be able to complete the work and run in FP2, but in the end the work wasn’t completed in time, and Bottas missed significant dry running.

His original Ferrari power unit has been swapped over to the spare chassis, but he has had to take a new gearbox.

Under the current rules there are no grid penalties associated with any of the changes that the team was forced to make.

We had an issue on the exhaust,” team boss Fred Vasseur told Autosport. “And then we burned all the components around it, including the loom, 

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