Ricciardo gets ten-place grid drop

2014 Malaysian Grand Prix

Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, Sepang International Circuit, 2014Daniel Ricciardo will be moved back ten places on the grid for the Bahrain Grand Prix.

The team were given the penalty after Ricciardo was released from his pit box with the front-left wheel not attached properly.

Ricciardo was also given a ten second stop and go penalty during the race, which he did not finish.

Red Bull were also handed a reprimand by the stewards as a member of their team did not wear protective headgear during Ricciardo’s stop.

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159 comments on Ricciardo gets ten-place grid drop

  1. Tifoso1989 (@tifoso1989) said on 30th March 2014, 12:55

    Good news for Ferrari, Red Bull this race were just copying Alonso’s strategy on Ricciardo’s car, i know Alonso didn’t have the pace to bother Vettel but they were playing safe

  2. CashNotClass (@cashnotclass) said on 30th March 2014, 13:11

    These are the new rules. Harsh, yes, but rightly so. We’ve seen too many unsafe releases in the last few years, some of which came very close to tragedy.

  3. Neel Jani (@neelv27) said on 30th March 2014, 13:17

    FIA slaps punishment on a team for an unsafe release since it endangers the people in the pitlane (Germany 2013 – Webber/RBR) but I don’t understand the reason to punish teams in terms of results. Inflicting big monetary penalties serves the purpose. Why hamper a driver’s potential result when he is not even to blame? Also unsafe release are a cause of ‘human error’ and you can’t completely eliminate human error.

    Secondly it seems very harsh to inflict 2nd penalty on a driver/team once handed out. The logic behind a penalty is to ensure that the driver/team loose the result they would’ve otherwise got. In this case as Dan retired, the damage was done and it serves the purpose of the FIA. In the past, drivers are handed out penalties and when they retire, the penalty ceases. However not here.

    Lastly, it’s just a personal opinion/speculation but I feel that FIA is really acting very harsh RBR since the ‘Fuel-gate’ saga. The penalty is just too harsh.

  4. David Not Coulthard (@davidnotcoulthard) said on 30th March 2014, 13:49

    Penalties should only be awarded once – and if it’s not taken before…retirement, then ignore it.

    At least that’s my opinion….

  5. Eggry (@eggry) said on 30th March 2014, 14:08

    What a disastrous weekend.

  6. Patrick (@paeschli) said on 30th March 2014, 14:31

    Okay, so the stewards disqualify him in Australia, they give him a stop and go in Malaysia and they give him a ten spot penalty for the next race … isn’t that a bit, just a little bit too harsh given the fact that Ricciardo hasn’t done anything wrong himself?

  7. Mashiat (@) said on 30th March 2014, 14:54

    The next race is China!

  8. Ron (@rcorporon) said on 30th March 2014, 15:10

    Poor kid can’t seem to catch a break…

  9. John H (@john-h) said on 30th March 2014, 15:17

    Initially I thought this was too harsh, but in time this kind of a penalty will make the teams adapt to it, that’s all. If they have to wait 0.2secs longer in the pits to make sure all 4 tyres are on properly then that’s what they have to do.

    The rule is in the sporting regs, so the teams must play by the rules and adapt accordingly. Shame for Ric but he has been let down by his team, not the FIA here.

  10. Joshj81 said on 30th March 2014, 15:27

    LOL I know it was a typo but “Bed Bull” seems fitting and humorous.

  11. Strontium (@strontium) said on 30th March 2014, 16:48

    The stewards are really out to ruin F1 for Ricciardo aren’t they. Seriously! And Magnussen got away with 5 seconds extra in the pits despite destroying Kimi’s race.

  12. rsp123 (@rsp123) said on 30th March 2014, 17:06

    Given Mteschitz’s remarks the other day – that he was thinking about taking his bat and ball and going home – this latest censure might trigger some serious re-thinking of Red Bull’s commitment to F1.

    I suspect that DM feels that as he puts more cash into F1 than anyone else, he should be given a bit more respect, a little more leeway, when issues like the fuel sensor, and now this, come up. He must look at Ferrari, with their various special provisions and guaranteed money and all the rest, and feel a bit sore – especially as CVC are more asset-stripper than sports promoter. DM’s billions could surely be more profitably spent in other arenas if promoting his fizzy drink is the goal. If DM wanted to hurt F1, he could simply announce (after the Austrian round) that Red Bull was quitting and selling their two teams.

    Alternatively, if they made their intentions known to Bernie and CVC, it may well be that a bunch of new, Red Bull-friendly provisions and rules mysteriously appear. What would Ferrari, and the other teams, make of that?

  13. Keamo said on 30th March 2014, 17:42

    No! Surely this can’t be right. That’s two penalties!
    Webber must have left all his bad luck in that car.

  14. timi (@timi) said on 30th March 2014, 17:43

    As I commented the other day, whether RBR thought the fuel flow sensor thing was right or wrong, they woke the sleeping giant that is the FIA. It’s silly really, no-way are they going to get leniency in any decision since they brought the sport into disrepute. Oh well.

    • Gren said on 30th March 2014, 18:10

      I agree that they should come down hard on teams sacrificing safety for speed.
      I would like to see a deduction in constructor points for each unsafe release, the drivers should’nt be treated as harshly as they are now for issues out of their control.

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