Daniel Ricciardo admits he is still “pissed” at the three-place grid penalty he has been handed for the Australian Grand Prix, calling the drop “s***house.”
During FP2 on Friday, a loose cable on the finish line brought out the red flag while Ricciardo was on a low-fuel flying lap. The Australian aborted his lap but was too quick returning to the pits, failing to stay above the minimum delta time on his dash. What should have been a five-place grid penalty was reduced to three by the stewards, who felt Ricciardo drove with due care and attention and clearly slowed significantly.
Asked about the penalty upon his arrival to the track on Saturday morning ahead of qualifying, Ricciardo told Australia’s Channel Ten: “I think it’s s***house.
“Yesterday’s news has been pretty bitter for me. I’m pissed to say the least.
“I made a mistake, no doubt about it, but is that mistake worth a grid penalty in a practice session when no car’s on track, no one’s upside down? It was a cable on the track. I didn’t pass the incident. I just think common sense should have prevailed.”
Expanding further to Sky Sports, Ricciardo added: “I can agree with everyone that there’s other penalties they could have used.
“They could have given a reprimand, they could have given something so to give me a grid penalty before the season started is bulls***.
“I slowed down, obviously. I knew there was a red flag, I didn’t go slow enough. I admitted when I went in there that I did break that rule and there’s guidelines and one of the guidelines is a grid place penalty but, as well, again, I think a bit of common sense.
“There was no incident, I still slowed down, I wasn’t speeding, I wasn’t driving in danger, I wasn’t trying to achieve anything from it, it was just an honest mistake but does that really rob me of a front row start at the first race of the season? They could give me a reprimand, they could do something else, give me a fine for all I care, but don’t rob me of a front row start.”