Ricciardo takes grid penalty, starts from the back

Hungaroring, Budapest

Hungarian Grand Prix – Daniel Ricciardo will start the Hungarian Grand Prix from the back of the grid after taking new power unit components.

The Renault driver had one of his worst qualifying performances of the season at the Hungaroring after being eliminated in Q1.

Ricciardo was unable to set a final flying lap after misjudging the build-up of traffic on his warm-up lap. He attempted to overtake Racing Point’s Sergio Perez around the outside of the final corner before starting his lap but, with Perez having the inside line and choosing not to yield, Ricciardo was forced to back off on the main straight and abandon the lap.

He was due to start the race in eighteenth place, but with few places to lose, Renault have opted to take fresh power unit components. The result of this is a back-of-the-grid penalty for Ricciardo.

This means that he will use his fourth internal combustion engine, fourth turbocharger, fourth MGU-H, third MGU-K, third energy store and third control electronics.

To view the updated starting grid for the Hungarian Grand Prixm click here.

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  1. Smart move from Renault. First decent decision to come from their management this season. Although i am guessing it was not Cyril that made the decision. That bloke is daft and until they ditch him they wont be moving forward. Its clear he actually believes his own verbal diarrhea, who cares if the engine numbers are over 1000hp, the car is still clearly rubbish compared to the competition. So why not just keep your mouth shut and if in fact the 1000hp is accurate, get the chassis sorted and then let the results on track allow you to push your chest out. Here’s the smart move, keep the current driver line-up and ditch Cyril, replace him with Rob Smedley and watch the team start to move in the right direction. They have growing facilities, 2 very good drivers with both speed, good race craft, and come with a boatload of experience. They just lack leadership going in the right direction. Do all those Renault fans a favor Cyril and don’t let the door hit you on the arse on the way out.