Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, Spa-Francorchamps, 2018

Ricciardo to get grid penalty after turbo change

2018 Brazilian Grand Prix

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Daniel Ricciardo will take a grid penalty for this weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix after another power unit component change.

The Red Bull driver has taken his sixth turbocharger, further exceeding the maximum limit of three per season.

The FIA has announced Ricciardo will receive a five-place grid drop.

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Power unit components used

28Toro RossoHondaBrendon Hartley888734
10Toro RossoHondaPierre Gasly888633
3Red BullTAG HeuerDaniel Ricciardo565544
27RenaultRenaultNico Hulkenberg565444
14McLarenRenaultFernando Alonso444433
33Red BullTAG HeuerMax Verstappen444433
77MercedesMercedesValtteri Bottas444333
55RenaultRenaultCarlos Sainz Jnr444333
2McLarenRenaultStoffel Vandoorne444333
9SauberFerrariMarcus Ericsson433232
8HaasFerrariRomain Grosjean333222
20HaasFerrariKevin Magnussen333222
31SauberFerrariCharles Leclerc333222
5FerrariFerrariSebastian Vettel333222
44MercedesMercedesLewis Hamilton333222
11Force IndiaMercedesSergio Perez333222
31Force IndiaMercedesEsteban Ocon333222
18WilliamsMercedesLance Stroll333222
35WilliamsMercedesSergey Sitorkin333222
7FerrariFerrariKimi Raikkonen333222

ICE: Internal Combustion Engine
TC: Turbocharger
MGU-K: Motor Generator Unit – Kinetic
MGU-H: Moto Generator Unit: Heat
ES: Energy Store
CE: Control Electronics

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26 comments on “Ricciardo to get grid penalty after turbo change”

  1. Argh, they need a way to punish this without ruining the race for the fans.

    1. Or Renault needs to do a proper job and make components that last as long as they are required, as Mercedes and Ferrari do years now.

      1. That’s my point @afonic. Renault need to be incentivised to do a better job, but we would still like to see Danny at the sharp end in the meantime. I didn’t say it’d be an easy fix :)

    2. Putting a first-division car a few places back improves the race for the fans, at least for a few laps.

  2. The poor chap just can’t get a break.

    1. Next year he will… completly out of free choice… and a couple of millions extra

  3. Right after he said he is going to drive this weekend :-)

    1. @phylyp IMO they really should’ve put Gasly in that 2nd RB by now. It would surely be useful for his preparation for upcoming season. RB has nothing to lose, but they could possibly gain a lot from it

      1. @huhhii – Very true. For all the criticism that Marko/Horner receive, I think there are some things they don’t like to do, and one is moving out a driver early, in preparation for the next season. Back in 2013, they had both titles in the bag, and they still ran with Webber to the end (although that was a retirement, not a team change). So credit to them for giving Ricciardo a race seat for the remaining races.

        Come to think of it, your comment makes a good amount of sense. If they asked Ricciardo to sit out the races (and pay him for it, obviously), they could put Gasly in there, and bring in Kvyat into Gasly’s seat. That would also give them a good shot at evaluating Hartley vs. Kvyat, to assess the confirmed and questionable driver for the junior team.

      2. @huhhii @phylyp Ricciardo could have enjoyed a couple of races at Toro Rosso too, IMHO

        1. I don’t think it would be of much use putting Gasly in the RBR/Renault for two races that would see him acclimatizing only, and possibly struggling for that reason, when he’ll be in an RBR/Honda next year with a different front wing. No need to upset the apple cart at this point. Better to let him have his last two races at STR/Honda to continue to help evaluate their latest iteration of PU and bring that knowledge and experience to RBR/Honda, imho.

          1. in an RBR/Honda next year with a different front wing

            @robbie – very nice rebuttal

          2. Thanks, man.

          3. They could put Verstappen in a Honda-powered car though. His feedback could be very valuable for the further development of PU and software.
            I know he’s close to Bottas & Raikkonen in the WDC standing; but except for various DNF’s he is unlikely going to overtake them.

          4. @coldfly True, but I’m guessing they don’t see that as valuable enough to actually do it. That Gasly will be moving over to RBR with his Honda experience is likely feedback enough for them. Their real work will start when they are in the 2019 RBR/Honda, or simulators representing such.

  4. Lets just take a moment and appreciate the reliability of the Mercs and the Ferraris. Simply outstanding

  5. Daniel doesn’t seem to get any luck at all.

    Is it me or does there seem more unreliability with the Red Bull Renault engines than with the other two teams. The statistics bear this out actually.

    Hopefully Daniel will be more fortunate next year if Renault keep improving.

    1. Yeah I’ll speculate the short answer to that is that RBR has the chassis that is capable of stretching the Pu to it’s limits whereas the others are more limited by their chassis and so don’t stress their Pu as much.

  6. Again. I thought they weren’t supposed to have to take another grid-penalties this season anymore following the tactical penalties that were taken in Sochi, LOL.

    1. @jerejj I heard today it was due to damage after a Marshall sprayed his car last race. May make more sense if that is correct.

      But again, no luck for our Daniel !!

      1. @garns Yes, that’s true. I posted my comment before it was informed how the turbo got damaged.

  7. It would be good to have another column in the table, listing how many grid penalties each driver has had this year.

    We definitely need to find a better way that doesn’t mean in the latter half of the season drivers fail to finish one race, then get a huge penalty in the next race.

  8. horner says Max is a championship contender next year

    lets have a look at the Honda power elements used this year so far 8

    previous years 8 – 10


  9. Not really surprised given the amount of smoke that poured out the back of his car in Mexico. Always thought it was more than a clutch.

    Hopefully this at least will give him a car that will finish a race.

  10. Of course he is.

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