Nov 10

Ricciardo admits Brazilian GP grid drop ‘likely’

“I may have to take another penalty. It is likely,” Ricciardo admitted.

2017-10-22_1012Daniel Ricciardo has conceded a grid penalty for this weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix is “likely” after suffering a failure on his Formula 1 power unit at the last race in Mexico, forcing him to retire.

Ricciardo took a number of new power elements for the Mexican Grand Prix, only to suffer a failure that forced him to retire early at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez and resign him to a second straight retirement.

The Red Bull driver thinks he will be forced to drop down the grid once again in Brazil this weekend due to uncertainty about the life of his power unit, although a completely fresh set of elements is unlikely.

“We could maybe avoid it but it is probably going to put us in a risk again of not finishing. We tried to avoid it last weekend and it still didn’t happen. I probably won’t have a big one, but if it is, it could be like 10 places. The plan if that is the case is to start the race in 11th.

“If they say you have 10 per cent chance of finishing, then I will want to change it. If they are like 50/50, then I will take the risk.

“But I have a feeling it is less than a 50 per cent chance. Or if we have the parts at all, which I am still not 100 per cent sure of.

“Coming into the weekend we get a pre-race report from the engineer, and he gave me a heads-up it is likely we will take a penalty.”

While Ricciardo has struggled with the reliability of his Red Bull car in recent races, teammate Max Verstappen has take two wins in the last four grands prix, proving the team’s potential to fight at the front of the field.

However, Ricciardo does not wish to dwell on his frustration over the missed opportunities to fight with Verstappen at the front of the pack.

“If I don’t finish I am obviously disappointed but I don’t think how it would have been different if it had happened earlier,” Ricciardo said.

“Sure it is frustrating when you don’t finish, full stop. But unfortunately that is part of the sport and it is always going to go like this.

“So that is why earlier in the year when I had that run of podiums and the win in Baku, I was just taking everything I could. The opportunity was in front of me so I took it.

“Baku was a crazy situation but I know that these things come and go, so I have to celebrate the good days and all that because I know that they do not happen every weekend.

“So it is just something you have to deal with but for sure it is frustrating.

“It is the sport that I signed up for and I am too deep in it now to get out.”

source: crash.net