Adrian Newey spoke last week about a possible penalty for Daniel Ricciardo during the Canadian Grand Prix weekend. Newey spoke about the damaged MGU-K in Monaco and that it might need to be replaced.
Grid Penalties May Not Hit Daniel Ricciardo’s Canadian GP Weekend
Ricciardo said that the grid penalty can be avoided during this race. The Australian will use an old MGU-K, so he can delay his penalty.
“Currently no, so no, the answer is no (penalty). If something happens in practice and we are forced to change something, then I will get a penalty. But for now, we still have enough parts to run, and if it runs reliably we will do the whole weekend with it.”
Penalty on hold
Ricciardo explained that the penalty might hit him in the next race, but was adamant to carry his Monaco momentum into this race, hoping to make a push for the Drivers’ Championship.
“I guess, it could come as soon as Paul Ricard,” said Ricciardo. “When I heard whispers of taking a penalty here, at that point I was like ‘I will take it in Paul Ricard but not here’.”
With two victories after the first six races, Ricciardo stands third in the table with 72 points. The Aussie has some hope in the Canadian race. “We feel on paper this circuit should suit us more than a couple of the others coming up. Winning two in a row would be nice. But starting 15th would make victory very unlikely here,” he said.
2018 championship resumes this weekend with the Formula 1 Grand Prix Heineken Du Canada 2018 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.