Daniel Ricciardo handed five place grid penalty for Brazilian Grand Prix… and backtracks after claiming there was ‘no point turning up’ for the final two races of the Formula One season
- Daniel Ricciardo will have a five place grid penalty for the Brazilian Grand Prix
- It’s because the turbocharger on his car has been changed six times this season
- That exceeds the driver’s permitted allocation and Ricciardo has been punished
- He also went back on his claims there was ‘no point’ in the year’s final two races
- Ricciardo made the remark after his eighth retirement of the season in Mexico
Australian Daniel Ricciardo will have a five place grid penalty for Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix after Red Bull replaced the turbocharger on his car’s power unit.
Stewards said the sixth new turbocharger exceeded the driver’s permitted allocation for the Formula One season, triggering the automatic drop.
Ricciardo was first out of the garages in practice at Interlagos on Friday, waiting for several minutes at the end of the pits for the session to start.
Daniel Ricciardo will have a five place grid penalty at the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday
Under Formula One rules, grid penalties are applied according to the order in which the offences are committed, as registered by the car’s transponder leaving the pit lane.
That means anyone else who picks up a penalty for the the penultimate race of the Formula One season will have it applied after Ricciardo’s.
The Australian, who is joining Renault for next season, started the previous race in Mexico on pole position but then suffered his eighth retirement of the season, twice as many as team mate Max Verstappen.
The turbocharger on his car’s power unit has been changed for the sixth time this season
F1 rules only allow it to be changed three times in a year meaning Ricciardo has been penalised
A disappointed Ricciardo said afterwards that he did not see the point in turning up for the last two races but soon changed his mind.
‘I was angry and upset. At the time I felt like I meant it but deep down I didn’t,’ he told Sky Sports. ‘It was a good way to express how I felt.
‘Fortunately, I tend to wake up Monday morning and it’s like a new day and I can forget pretty quickly the Sunday.’
Sunday’s race has no bearing on the constructors’ championship for Red Bull, who cannot overtake Ferrari for second place or lose out on third.
The drivers’ title has already been won by Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton for the fifth time.
Ricciardo is changing teams at the end of the season, swapping Red Bull for Renault