Ricciardo and Hartley take Mexico engine penalties

Mexican Grand Prix – Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo and Toro Rosso driver Brendon Hartley will take engine penalties for the Formula 1 race in Mexico.

After qualifying a ‘helpless’ seventh, Red Bull have made a tactical engine change on Ricciardo’s car, giving him his sixth internal combustion engine and turbo and seventh MGU-H of the season.

This will result in a 20-place grid penalty, dropping him to 16th on the grid.

Hartley qualified in 13th after he suffered an engine failure before he could put a lap time in during Q2, aided by neither McLaren going out in the session due to their multitude of engine penalties.

Toro Rosso have fitted a new ICE, turbo and MGU-H to the car, putting Hartley 17th on the grid.

Team mate Pierre Gasly did not run at all in qualifying after suffering an engine issue in third practice. He has five-places of penalties added after taking on a new turbo, in addition to the new MGU-H and control electronics earlier in the weekend.

The Frenchman maintains the final slot on the grid behind the two McLarens of Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne.

Felipe Massa will now start inside the top ten ahead of his Williams team mate Lance Stroll.

Despite their exits in Q1, Marcus Ericsson will line up 12th on the grid ahead of his Sauber team mate Pascal Wehrlein and the two Haas car of Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean.

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Chris Stevens

Chris is a member of the Autosport Academy and has been writing about motorsport professionally since 2015. He has been one of the top Formula E journalists since he went to Donington Park for pre-season testing a week after picking up his A-Level results.

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