Ricciardo set for Canada engine penalties

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Ricciardo set for Canada engine penalties

Formula 1

Ricciardo set for Canada engine penalties


Daniel Ricciardo will be hit with penalties at the Canadian Grand Prix for exceeding power unit component limits, according to Red Bull’s Adrian Newey.

Leading comfortably after starting from pole position, Ricciardo reported a loss of power early in the Monaco Grand Prix and was forced to adapt his driving to nurse his car to the finish. After holding off Sebastian Vettel for victory, it was confirmed that Ricciardo had suffered an MGU-K failure — his second of the season — and Newey says a third of that component will be needed in Montreal.

“He will definitely be taking some penalties in Montreal, we haven’t heard at the moment just how many,” Newey told Reuters. “One of things there is whether the battery was damaged or not in Monaco, so until we know that from Renault we don’t know exactly what we’re facing … The K is definitely a penalty.”

And Newey says there was no chance of Renault salvaging Ricciardo’s MGU-K from Monaco, adding: “I rather doubt it, considering it caught fire and was a burnt out, charred wreck. I would be somewhat surprised at that one.”

Drivers are limited to two of the MGU-K, energy store and control electronics for the full season but Ricciardo was already on his second of the year after an earlier failure in Bahrain. Exceeding the limits carries an automatic ten-place grid penalty for the first time the third of any of those three components are used.

Although the full extent of Ricciardo’s penalty isn’t yet confirmed, Renault will introduce a power unit upgrade in Canada, but Newey played down the overall performance impact.

“It’s about one percent [more power],” Newey said, “which is a tenth of a second so it’s worth having but it’s not a make or break.”

Ricciardo moved up to third in the drivers’ championship courtesy of his victory in Monaco — his second of the season — but is 38 points behind championship leader Lewis Hamilton.

–Chris Medland