Brazilian Grand Prix – Daniel Ricciardo has been given a five-place grid penalty for this weekend’s race at Interlagos.
The 29-year-old Australian will drop five places for the penultimate race of the 2018 season due to a new turbocharger in the car’s power unit.
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner explained to Sky that the new turbocharger was a result of Ricciardo’s retirement at the last race in Mexico – after starting on pole – when a marshal attempted to extinguish the fire on Ricciardo’s car:
“You can’t really blame them, the car was obviously smoking. But they shot foam up the exhaust and as it solidifies in the turbo, it’s terminated it.
“He’ll take a five place penalty but hopefully on a track like this it’s not actually that big a penalty.”
Ricciardo, who is joining Renault next season, has retired from eight races this season – the same amount five-time world champion Lewis Hamilton has retired from in five years.
Regardless of where Ricciardo and teammate Max Verstappen finish in Sunday’s race, Red Bull can’t beat Ferrari to second place in the constructors’ championship. In today’s practice sessions, Riccardo and Verstappen finished fourth and first respectively in FP1, and fourth and fifth in FP2.