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Starting grid - Australian Grand Prix 2015 - Bottas withdraws from race due to back injury

Bottas withdraws from race due to back injury

The grid closed up a little as Williams driver Valtteri Bottas was forced to withdraw from the first race of the year due to a back injury sustained during qualifying. An issue with the seat in the Williams car meant Bottas had to be helped out after the session, complaining of lower back pain.

With neither Manor car able to participate either, the grid looks a little short ahead of the Australian Grand Prix. No penalties affect the order though, as the drivers make a tentative start to the 2015 season.

1Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:26.32716
2Nico RosbergMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:26.92114
3Felipe MassaWilliams Martini Racing1:27.71821
4Sebastian VettelScuderia Ferrari1:27.75712
5Kimi RäikkönenScuderia Ferrari1:27.79017
6Valtteri BottasWilliams Martini Racing1:28.08716
7Daniel RicciardoInfiniti Red Bull Racing1:28.32922
8Carlos Sainz JrScuderia Toro Rosso1:28.51022
9Romain GrosjeanLotus F1 Team1:28.56020
10Pastor MaldonadoLotus F1 Team1:29.48020
11Felipe NasrSauber F1 Team1:28.80017
12Max VerstappenScuderia Toro Rosso1:28.86815
13Daniil KvyatInfiniti Red Bull Racing1:29.0709
14Nico HülkenbergSahara Force India F1 Team1:29.20814
15Sergio PérezSahara Force India F1 Team1:29.20913
16Marcus EricssonSauber F1 Team1:31.37610
17Jenson ButtonMcLaren Honda1:31.4227
18Kevin MagnussenMcLaren Honda1:32.0378

Driver of car 77 - Valtteri Bottas unfit to drive.