Ric­cia­rdo’s retirement not down to ‘Spec C’ en­gine

Autosport (UK) - - RACE CENTRE -

Red Bull and Re­nault say Daniel Ric­cia­rdo’s retirement from the Ital­ian Grand Prix was caused by a sus­pected prob­lem with his car’s clutch, rather than an en­gine fail­ure. Ric­cia­rdo had just passed Sergey Sirotkin’s Wil­liams for 11th place, hav­ing worked his way up from a back-row start at Monza, when he was forced to pull off the cir­cuit between the sec­ond chi­cane and the first Lesmo with smoke pour­ing out of his Red Bull. The Aus­tralian driver had Re­nault’s new Spec C en­gine fit­ted ahead of the week­end, which the French man­u­fac­turer said would be worth 0.3 sec­onds in lap time but car­ried a re­li­a­bil­ity risk. Al­though Ric­cia­rdo’s fail­ure looked ini­tially like an en­gine prob­lem, Re­nault said sub­se­quent in­spec­tions in­di­cated this was not the case. “We can con­firm that his retirement was not linked to the en­gine,”a Re­nault state­ment said.“it was rather a clutch is­sue.” Red Bull team boss Chris­tian Horner added:“we are still not en­tirely sure on the cause but it is a sus­pected clutch is­sue.” Both Ric­cia­rdo and Max Ver­stap­pen ran the Spec C Re­nault en­gine, but only Ric­cia­rdo was hit with a grid penalty be­cause he had pre­vi­ously used his max­i­mum al­lo­ca­tion of three in­ter­nal-com­bus­tion en­gines. The Re­nault works team did not use the Spec C en­gine be­cause of con­cerns about re­li­a­bil­ity, not in the short term, but taking into ac­count the need to com­plete sig­nif­i­cant mileage to avoid penal­ties.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.