Turbo swap hands Ric­cia­rdo a grid penalty in Brazil

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SAO PAULO, (Reuters) - Aus­tralian Daniel Ric­cia­rdo will have a five place grid penalty for to­mor­row’s Brazil­ian Grand Prix, the penul­ti­mate race of the For­mula One sea­son, af­ter Red Bull re­placed the tur­bocharger on his car’s power unit.

Stew­ards said the sixth new tur­bocharger ex­ceeded the driver’s per­mit­ted al­lo­ca­tion, trig­ger­ing the au­to­matic drop.

Team prin­ci­pal Chris­tian Horner told Sky Sports tele­vi­sion that the prob­lem was a con­se­quence of Ric­cia­rdo’s re­tire­ment at the pre­vi­ous race in Mex­ico and the lo­cal mar­shals’ use of a fire ex­tin­guisher. “You can’t re­ally blame them, the car was ob­vi­ously smok­ing,” he said. “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 was first out of the garages in prac­tice at In­ter­la­gos yes­ter­day, wait­ing for sev­eral min­utes at the end of the pits for the ses­sion to start. Un­der For­mula One rules, grid penal­ties are ap­plied ac­cord­ing to the or­der in which the of­fences are com­mit­ted, as reg­is­tered by the car’s transpon­der leav­ing the pit­lane.

That means any­one else who picks up a penalty will have it ap­plied af­ter Ric­cia­rdo’s. The Aus­tralian, who is join­ing Re­nault for next sea­son, started the pre­vi­ous race in Mex­ico on pole po­si­tion be­fore suf­fer­ing his eighth re­tire­ment of the sea­son, twice as many as team mate Max Ver­stap­pen.

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