(Adds details) By Julian Linden MELBOURNE, March 15 (Reuters) – Williams driver Valtteri Bottas withdrew from Sunday’s season-opening Australian Grand Prix because of a back injury. The team released a statement less than hour before the start of Sunday’s race saying the scans had shown that Bottas had suffered a tear in a disc in his lower back and would not take part in the race. “Valtteri has since been evaluated by the FIA’s medical team and following a series of tests, the FIA Medical Delegate has deemed Valtteri unfit to take part in this afternoon’s race. “The team respect the FIA’s decision and will now work with Valtteri ahead of the Malaysian Grand Prix (on March 29) to ensure he receives the treatment required to get him back to full fitness.” Bottas enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2014, securing six podium finishes for Williams to claim fourth place in the championship.
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Motor racing-Injured Bottas to miss Australian GP