Daniel Ricciardo’s run of 5 successive podium locations appears to be in peril of ending after the gearbox on his automotive was replaced forward of the British Grand Prix, incurring an automated five-place grid penalty.
Gearboxes should final for six races and the one within the Australian’s Red Bull, which was swapped out earlier than Saturday’s remaining follow, had not carried out so. Ricciardo gained in Azerbaijan in late June and completed third in Austria two weeks in the past.
It was his second grid penalty of the season, after an identical five-place drop in his residence race in Melbourne in March. He began from the pit lane on that event and failed to complete the race.
Mercedes rival Valtteri Bottas, who gained in Austria from pole place, additionally has a five-place penalty for Sunday’s race after an identical gearbox change. Briton Lewis Hamilton, who had a five-place drop in Austria, is chasing his fourth successive British Grand Prix win and fifth in complete.
There has been growing debate this season concerning the equity of penalising a driver for mechanical issues past his management, though Formula One has all the time been a workforce sport.