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Ricciardo facing Montreal grid penalty

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04/06/2018

Adrian Newey has revealed that Daniel Ricciardo is facing a grid penalty in Montreal this weekend.

Though the Australian took a popular win in Monaco last week, it came at a price.

Just 18 laps into the 78-lap race the Red Bull driver suffered an MGU-K failure that left him 25% down on power for the remainder of the afternoon.

Though he held on to the lead, fending off half-hearted challenges from Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton, replacing the MGU-K is certain to cost him grid places while further component damage could see him demoted even more.

"He will definitely be taking some penalties in Montreal," Adrian Newey told Reuters, "we haven't heard at the moment just how many.

"One of the things is whether the battery was damaged or not, so until we know that from Renault we don't know exactly what we're facing," he added. "The K is definitely a penalty though."

Told that some sections of the media had claimed the MGU-K was salvageable, the Briton laughed.

"I rather doubt it," he said, "considering it caught fire and was a burnt out, charred wreck. I would be somewhat surprised at that one."

Asked about the upgrade Renault is scheduled to provide this weekend, he said: It's about one percent (more power), which is a tenth of a second so it's worth having but it's not a make or break."

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1. Posted by C5, 06/06/2018 6:00

"@matra123, that's pretty easy. Contrary to almost every other racing series, F1 teams must construct their own car and has a - relatively, but unfortunately continuously narrowing - set of parameters to work within.

One of those pardners is power unit components. Use more than allowed, and you are still allowed to race, but witha grid penalty.

Granted, the grid penalties are a pain in the butt, and personality I'd rather see them dialed back to be a combination of just a few spots and deduction of constructor's points.

But as a concept it's really pretty straight forward. And not unlike a top player being injured - or getting a red card - and the team is therefore weaker in the next game.


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2. Posted by matra123, 05/06/2018 16:07

"Dear Pitpass,
How can you explain the following to any new fan of F1: Ricciardo won the Monaco GP in spite of having a technical problem with his car. As a "reward", as one or more of those defective components must be replaced, he must face a grid penalty for the Canadian GP. Just imagine: you are going to take your son to the Canadian GP and he is a big fan of Ricciardo, looking for him to win. How can you explain that son, no, his MGU-K had to be replaced and has been penalised. He cannot start from the first one or two rows. Perverse. Any wonder that F1 is racing headlong to a brick wall at the end of a one way street?"

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3. Posted by Vinodh Moodley, 05/06/2018 13:30

"@v10s4me Agreed. F1 needs to accept that it’s entertainment and racing that matters and not road relevance. Bring back the v8s/v10s and get rid of the MGU-K/H, tires that are made of cheese, bring back refueling and let the drivers push the cars, not the engineers. "

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4. Posted by Hobgoblin, 05/06/2018 12:10

"Can't they do a 'Trigger's Broom' job on it?

(It's the same broom I've had for 30 years. It's had 12 new handles, and 17 new heads, but it's still the same broom)"

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5. Posted by V10s4Me, 05/06/2018 11:52

"Get rid of the electric motors, batteries and Grid penalties. Put the V10's back in the cars and get back to real racing!"

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