Daniel Ricciardo, Toro Rosso, Suzuka, 2013

Ricciardo disputes reason for drive-through penalty

2013 Japanese Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Daniel Ricciardo, Toro Rosso, Suzuka, 2013Daniel Ricciardo rejected the stewards’ claim he “gained an advantage” by going off the track while overtaking Adrian Sutil during the Japanese Grand Prix.

Ricciardo was handed a drive-through penalty after running wide at 130R as he passed the Force India. The stewards ruled he “rejoined gaining an advantage”.

The stewards penalised Ricciardo for going because, they claimed, his “momentum after the move was not otherwise maintainable”.

However Ricciardo said after the race going off the track cost him time.

“I was moving up the order again after my first stop and then I made a move on the outside of Sutil at the 130R and got past him,” he said. “But after that, I ran wide onto the grass, which lost me a bit of time.”

“Sadly, the Stewards decided I had gained an advantage by going off the track and had to take a drive-through penalty, which of course ruined my race.”

Ricciardo told his team the penalty was “unbelievable” on the radio after the race.

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  1. I think some of you guys need to go back and look at that part of the race again. I have and its perfectly clear to me that Ric passed Sutil well before he went off line at the apex. Sure he went off track, but he did not do it in order to make the pass. Plenty of drivers go off track on that particular corner. Plenty of drivers overtake on the outside on that corner. Just so happened Ric didn’t have enough traction in the apex to keep the car on track. In no way did he deserve a penalty. Ric has every right to be pissed and his team should have had the balls to make an official complaint. The stewards need a kick in the backside for such a poor decision…

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