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Ricciardo given two time penalties

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23/06/2019

Daniel Ricciardo, who finished seventh in today's French Grand Prix, was subsequently demoted to 11th after he was handed two separate time penalties for two incident late in the race.

The first involved Lando Norris, who was under pressure from Ricciardo as he battled with a hydraulics issue.

Ricciardo started to pass Norris on the outside at Turn 8. However, at the exit of the corner he distinctly left the track and the stewards determined that he re-joined at an angle that forced Norris off track in order to avoid a collision.

The stewards accepted Ricciardo's explanation that when he was re-joining the track, he had slowed considerably, going down extra gears and locking up the front left tyre. The Australian also stated that the rumble strips in the turn made the car more difficult to control.

However, the stewards considered that the sequence of events constituted re-joining the track unsafely, as he subsequently took the position from Norris.

As a result he was given a 5s time penalty and 2 points on his licence.

Following the incident at Turn 8 with Norris, Kimi Raikkonen managed to pass both the McLaren driver and Ricciardo. The Australian, who by then had regained control of his car then chased Raikkonen from Turn 9 and subsequently passed the Finn.

Raikkonen defended his position on the straight moving slightly to the right. However, he never put any part of his car off the track and he did not make any move to the right while any part of Ricciardo's car was alongside, and did not crowd the Renault driver off the track.

To make the pass Ricciardo drove off track and then subsequently completed the pass, thereby gaining a lasting advantage.

The stewards reviewed the case to see if it was a continuation of the previous incident. However, Ricciardo clearly had regained control of the car following his incident with Norris and the pass off track was a separate incident.

As a result he was given another 5s time penalty and 1 more point on his licence, bringing his total up to 5 for the 12 month period.

The penalties mean that Gasly is promoted to tenth.

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1. Posted by TokyoAussie, 26/06/2019 4:26

"Watched a replay of the race on Tuesday (wasn't worth it really), and finally saw Ricciardo's moves. Given that he knew in advance what would happen, he got what he deserved. They have to apply that rule because there is no gravel or loose surface off the track. I'd say the track is at fault here. Great test venue, but not for racing. Of course drivers want to pass others, and they'll do it if they can. Ricciardo did. Best entertainment, if not the only entertainment value, of the whole race and it gets penalised.

Travesty that he also loses points."

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2. Posted by Pavlo, 25/06/2019 20:23

"The first one is well deserved, the second in comparison with first... why not give him 10s for Lando and nothing for Kimi - same result but feels better.
Besides, one solution is to make penalties harder. Make the kerbs that can ruin the car, or give stop-n-go or 30 seconds for such: Daniel would have given his position back to Lando without and before any action from stewards. As a good drived, he of course knew he was off the track with 4 wheels, but with 5s it is logiczl for any driver to try to drive away and hope for no penalty. So stronger penalties will actually result in better racing on track."

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3. Posted by Mad Matt, 25/06/2019 12:13

"I'd like to see the drivers being told to give places back as well. That should have been used to cover Perez's problem too.

As for the cries of "let them race", I would say that part of the skill of racing is staying on the track. "

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4. Posted by Burton, 24/06/2019 19:48

"Daniel definitely deserved the penalties. Though with the second one..they need to add simpler/smaller penalties to the rule book, just switch their positions around or something."

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5. Posted by Editor, 24/06/2019 10:37

"@ Stitch431

Even his most loyal fan would have to admit that Daniel's exploration of the track limits as he chased Kimi were ludicrous."

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6. Posted by Stitch431, 24/06/2019 7:46

"The stewards are killing racing at the moment. Although they are at least consistent in it now (in the past they weren't), they are now killing every racing move and therefore racing in itself. For the first time in almost 40 years, I decided not to look at the race because of this and I am glad I did not look at it directly as it would have annoyed me too much. Guys, this is F1 RACING!!!! For God's sake, let the guys RACE!!! "

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7. Posted by Jet Jockey, 23/06/2019 19:39

"I love Daniel...He is one of the best drivers out there but today he really went too far especially after the Montreal incident two weeks ago... only a fool would think he would have gotten away with those two stunts."

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