Ricciardo hit with three-place grid penalty

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Daniel Ricciardo has been slapped with a three-place grid penalty for his home Formula 1 race, thanks to a red flag infringement during today’s second practice session.The Red BullRacing driver was found to have failed to stay above the minimum time set by the FIA ECU in the second last and last ‘mini marshalling sectors’ when the red flag came out mid-way through FP2.

As a result, he has been handed a three-place grid penalty and two penalty points.

According to the stewards report, the penalty was softened as Ricciardo did actually look to slow down, and no ‘danger was created’.”The Stewards reviewed the data and video and found that Ricciardo did in fact fail to stay above the minimum time set by the FIA ECU in the penultimate and final mini marshalling sectors,” read the report.

“The Stewards also found that Ricciardo slowed by as much as 175km/h from his fast times at Turn 12 and was consistently and significantly slower in the final three turns, indicating that he was fully complying with the requirements of Appendix H of the International Sporting Code.”However, he admitted an error in reading his dash and was slightly below the minimum time.

“As the regulation states, Art. 31.6 was added this year to ensure that drivers reduce speed sufficiently during a red flag. Breach of this regulation is seen to be an extremely serious matter.”However, in this case, the Stewards thoroughly reviewed the breach and found that the driver slowed significantly, such that no danger was created, and that the driver proceeded with due care.

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