Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, Sepang International Circuit, 2014

Ricciardo gets ten-place grid drop

2014 Malaysian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

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

  2. 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.

    1. They’re after a safe pitlane. Kimi’s accident didn’t hurt anybody, a loose wheel in the pitlane is extremely dangerous.

  3. 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?

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

  5. 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.

    1. 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.

  6. When the rule change was announced I thought it felt way too harsh. And I now feel it’s even harsher than I initially thought. If the unsafe release causes any subsequent dangerous actions or the driver and team don’t handle it properly I agree that a further/second punishment would be needed.

    1. I read that as the team rather than the driver getting the penalty. The “competitor” is Infiniti Red Bull Racing.

    2. Oh dear God that is horrifically unfair.

      Unsafe release, I understand, this is a danger from Ricciardo’s car, fuel flow, he gains an advantage.

      But this. No way. That mechanic should be fined or something. Absolutely nothing in any way related to Ricciardo.

      1. It would be unfair if it were true. The competitor is listed as RBR and the competitor is getting the penalty. Not the driver.

  7. Never was and still ain’t a RBR fan, but this is ridiculous ! The team + the driver had their share of “bad moments”, going for more penalties is really harsh. A money penalty for the team would have been a lot more appropiate.

  8. Also, the penalty handed to MAG for causing a puncture to RAI was not welcomed. It was a minor incident, that’s racing.

  9. Yes (@come-on-kubica)
    30th March 2014, 20:08

    This sport is getting more stupid by the week, it’s like they want people to give up on it.

  10. it’s a shame about it being ricciardo, who is a great driver but just very unlucky at the moment. but i see it this way; pit stop safety is very important. i’ve been at the nurburgring race last year, and when webbers tire hit the camera man i was shocked because i genuinly thought that guy might’ve just died live on television. i do not wish to see this again, and any penalty for infringements during pit stops is, in my opinion, very justified.

    punishing red bull only instead of ricciardo? how? a 20’000 £ fine won’t really matter in a 200 mil £ budget. in my view, there is no way to punish a team properly in a way in which the driver won’t be affected. it’s not the drivers fault, one may argue.. well, the driver is a member of the team just like lollipop man and the cook of the motorhome are. so if a team gets punished, the driver should be punished aswell. the way the fia runs penalties for pit stop infringements is good and i sincerely hope they stand by it.

  11. Bad luck again for Ricciardo, but red bull have done this several times over the last couple of years, memorably sending one of Webber’s wheels rolling across the circuit in front of cars leaving the hairpin.

    The team really needs a serious sanction for it.

  12. Chris (@tophercheese21)
    31st March 2014, 0:41

    Whilst I’m sad that Dan has been denied quality points in his first two races, I’m glad that the rules are at least being applied properly. It could’ve happened to anyone, just happened to be Dan both times through no fault of his own.

  13. Ricciardo better check inside that chassis for voodoo objects. The curse of the 2nd car in that team has returned with a vengeance.

  14. I could understand a three-place or four-place penalty. But a 10-place penalty? The only that would be reasonable is if he actually endangered another driver which he didn’t. He has the possibility to start Bahrain in last place, which could wreck his season.

  15. Penalty aside, was this as a result of the team releasing him too early or did he go before the team was ready and told him to? There was speculation on the commentary during the race that he left before being instructed to do so by the team.

    1. One way to find out: find a replay of the pit stop from the roll-hoop camera above his head.

      No green light = no clearance to depart.

  16. Australian heritage… When I saw redBull retiring the car, all I thought was RBR at least do the 10 sec penalty you smart asses

  17. Two impressive races from Ricciardo so far in his Redbull career, and so far all he’s got to show for it is zero points and a 10 place grid penalty, so effectively 2 races wasted and the next one compromised. Pretty unlucky, even by Aussie-in-a-Redbull standards.

    On the bright side, could make entertaining viewing if he can make his way up through the field in Bahrain and another good opportunity to show his racing skills. Will be tough fighting against mostly Mercedes engined cars though.

  18. It’s too late now as the rules have been applied as they are written. But is there an argument for punishing the team separately from the driver? For example, for unsafe release the team is ‘fined’ 5 constructors points, or points equal to the team’s highest finish with one car, or 50% of the team’s highest race points score, or whatever formula is deemed fair and equivalent between all the teams.

  19. Has red bull forgot that webber is no longer driving this car and don’t need to make mistakes to stuff up his race.

    All the people that keep saying this is a team sport and if a team makes a mistake then the driver also has to suffer should think about why we have a drivers championship and also a constructors championship

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