Ricciardo to start from back of grid at Hockenheim

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Ricciardo to start from back of grid at Hockenheim

Formula 1

Ricciardo to start from back of grid at Hockenheim


Daniel Ricciardo will have a grid penalty at this weekend’s German Grand Prix after taking a number of new power unit components.

Red Bull has had a number of reliability concerns so far this season, with Ricciardo suffering MGU-K problems in Bahrain and Monaco, while he also retired in Austria due to an issue with his exhaust. The different incidents had left Ricciardo needing to take additional power unit items at some stage, with Red Bull team principal Christian Horner suggesting Hockenheim would be the likely venue to ensure a clean weekend in Budapest, where the team expects to be strong.

The FIA has confirmed that Ricciardo has taken a new MGU-K, energy store and control electronics for this weekend’s race in Germany. As each component is the third used this season — when only two are allowed for the year — the new parts will result in Ricciardo starting from the back of the grid as a 20-place grid penalty is not possible.

After his fourth place at Silverstone, Ricciardo is fourth in the drivers’ championship, 10 points behind Kimi Raikkonen and 65 points adrift of championship leader Sebastian Vettel.

All of the Ferrari-powered drivers have also taken new MGU-Ks this weekend — their second of the season — while both Vettel and Raikkonen are additionally using a second energy store of the year.