‘Completely wrong’: Ricciardo hit with Canada GP penalty
MONACO GP victor Daniel Ricciardo will be hit with multiple grid penalties at the upcoming Canadian GP.
Two weeks after claiming victory in F1's showpiece event despite a crippling loss of power from his Renault engine, the Red Bull driver - third in the world championship behind Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel - is set to suffer a series of engine-related grid demotions in Montreal.
"Unfortunately, we will be taking penalties," Red Bull chief technical officer Adrian Newey confirmed to Sky Sports News.
With just a third of the season elapsed, Ricciardo has already used a significant chunk of his allowance for engine parts for the entire campaign with the size of his penalties in Canada this weekend set to be determined by just how many components will require changing after he guided his handicapped RB14 car to the chequered flag in Monaco.
"We could be suffering some quite big penalties," said Newey. "We are only allowed two batteries etc and the system in that sense seems completely wrong."
Renault are poised to introduce a new engine this weekend but Newey has cautioned expectations by predicting it may only gain a tenth of a second of lap time.
Red Bull are in the final year of their existing arrangement with Renault and team boss Christian Horner has said a decision will be made on their future engine plans in the next two months.
Red Bull's junior outfit Toro Rosso switched to Honda at the start of the season.
All six of the drivers with Renault-powered cars have already replaced at least one of the six elements that make up an F1 power unit so far this season, with Ricciardo already one more change away from the limit on engines, turbochargers and MGU-Hs.
But the Australian, the race winner in Monaco, is already up to the penalty limit on the three areas of the power unit that can only be used twice - the MGU-K, control electronics and the energy store.
Mercedes' championship leader Lewis Hamilton, by contrast, is still on the power unit elements he started the season with in Australia.
The top three have all won two races this season, but Ricciardo is 38 points off Hamilton's lead due to reliability issues and a collision with team mate Max Verstappen in Azerbaijan.
"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.
"The K is definitely a penalty," added Newey, referring to the MGU-K, the motor generator unit that recovers the energy generated while braking.
The MGU-K on Ricciardo's car stopped working completely during the Monaco race, which he won from pole position, and he raced without it for some 50 laps on the tight and twisty street circuit.
Some media reports after Monaco suggested engine providers Renault had discovered the MGU-K was salvageable, and that Ricciardo would escape a penalty, but Newey laughed at that suggestion.
"I rather doubt it, considering it caught fire and was a burnt out, charred wreck," he said. "I would be somewhat surprised at that one."
- Sky Sports, AAP