Daniel Ricciardo will attempt to avoid a penalty at the Canadian Grand Prix despite his MGU-K failure in Monaco leaving him running low on components.
While leading the race in Monte Carlo, Ricciardo suffered a loss of power that was later traced to an MGU-K failure, that left the motor generator unusable. Despite Adrian Newey saying there will be engine penalties in Canada, Red Bull is able to re-use an old MGU-K that had a fault in China, and when asked if he’ll take a grid drop in Montreal Ricciardo replied: “Currently, no.
“Obviously if something happens in practice then we will probably have to take one, but no. No is the answer today.
“[Using an old MGU-K] I guess it doesn’t mean I take a penalty. All I know is that I’ve been told that there is no penalty. If something happens in practice and we are forced to change something then I will get a penalty. But for now, we still have enough parts to run, and if it runs reliable we will do the whole weekend with it.
“As far as which K, I do know but I don’t. It is on a document that is in my email but I couldn’t tell you.”
While Ricciardo currently hopes to avoid a grid penalty for using an extra component this weekend – as a third MGU-K would carry a 10-place grid drop – he expects to take one in the near future.
“It could come as soon as Paul Ricard. When I heard whispers of taking a penalty here, at that point I was like, ‘I will take it in Paul Ricard but not here’. This is such a difficult circuit for overtaking, and having such good momentum at the moment, I think a penalty would take a bit of wind out of our sails. If we can escape this weekend without it, then I’d rather take it somewhere else.”
Explaining the rationale behind the decision, Ricciardo says the later he can be penalized the better, as it will take the pressure off races later this season.
“We will try and go as long as we can to delay, the earlier we take a penalty then maybe we have to take another one before the year is out. We try and delay it as much as we can, but also, we know that, especially coming here with the hypersofts, we were good on the hypersofts in Monaco, maybe it gives us a chance this weekend of having a strong race.
“We feel on paper this circuit should suit us more than a couple of the others coming up. Winning two in a row would be nice…starting 15th would (mean it would be) very unlikely here.”
– Chris Medland