Published: Wed, June 06, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Daniel Ricciardo set for grid penalties in Montreal

Daniel Ricciardo set for grid penalties in Montreal

"He's probably going to have a penalty in Montreal, but we don't know how many places", he is quoted by France's L'Equipe.

Red Bull tech supremo Adrian Newey has since confirmed the defective part on Ricciardo's auto will definitely need replacing out of schedule, which will incur an automatic grid drop under F1 rules.

"The [MGU-K] is definitely a penalty".

Ricciardo won in Monaco despite the problem, and while some sources had suggested that the MGU-K could be salvageable, that appears not be the case. "I would be somewhat surprised at that one". "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 ..."

Ricciardo clung on to win in Monaco despite suffering a significant loss of engine power, caused by an issue with the MGU-K component, which harvests energy from the rear under braking and deploys it on straights.

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Drivers are allowed three power units per season but only two MGU-Ks, two energy stores and two control units without incurring a 10 place penalty for the subsequent race.

Red Bull are already on the back foot in the title battle because Mercedes and Ferrari have an extra engine power "mode" for the final part of qualifying that Renault do not have available, which usually makes it impossible for Ricciardo and Verstappen to fight for grid positions on the first two rows.

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.

Red Bull's power unit supplier Renault are expected to bring an updated engine to Canada but Newey said he does not anticipate a major improvement. The Australian trails Vettel by 24 points with Lewis Hamilton 14 further clear at the top of the drivers' standings after six races.

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