Ricciardo hit by grid penalty at home race

Free practice 2 has finished and it is interesting how teams are developing.

Can we see a glimpse of what the season will bring? Not really, but interestingly we can see that at some teams; the pecking order hasn’t been decided yet.

Ricciardo faces a 3 place grid penalty in the race for driving too fast during the red flag period. The car sets a time delta in it’s ECU and it’s unclear if this was a driver error or a systems error. Regardless the Australian can’t seem to have any luck at his home Grand Prix.

The Australian was on a hot lap, and likely near the front of the time sheet when the red flag was issued: “I was not too disappointed,” he confesses.

“I wasn’t on the greatest lap, the race simulations were better, I was happier with it. As for the qualifying performance, I’m convinced that we can still make some adjustments to the car to improve.”

 

pos driver team Fastest time distance to leader distance to teammate
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:23.931
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:24.058 0.127
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:24.159 0.228 0.228
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:24.214 0.283
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:24.451 0.520 0.237
6 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:24.648 0.717
7 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:24.721 0.790 0.663
8 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:25.200 1.269
9 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:25.246 1.315 0.598
10 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1:25.285 1.354 0.085
11 Carlo Sainz Jr. Renault 1:25.390 1.459
12 Sergio Perez Force India 1:25.413 1.482
13 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:25.463 1.532 0.073
14 Lance Stroll Williams 1:25.543 1.612
15 Esteban Ocon Force India 1:25.888 1.957 0.475
16 Brendon Hartley Torro Rosso 1:25.925 1.994
17 Pierre Gasly Torro Rosso 1:25.945 2.014 0.020
18 Sergey Sirotkin Williams 1:25.974 2.043 0.431
19 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:26.814 2.883
20 Charles Leclerc Sauber 1:26.815 2.884 0.001

 

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