2017 F1

Verstappen and Ricciardo get Italian GP grid drop penalty

Red Bull duo Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen will take grid penalty for Sunday Italian Grand Prix, for using additional power unit elements.

Ricciardo has taken on a new ICE, MGU-H and turbo-charger, adding up to a 20-place grid penalty, with team-mate Verstappen having a new MGU-H and ICE fitted, resulting in a 15-place grid drop.

Following Friday opening practice, Red Bull team boss Christian Horner bemoaned the engine grid penalty system, saying it adds nothing to the spectacle of racing.

“I think they’ll be starting somewhere near Milan by the time they’ve taken their penalties,” Horner told Sky F1.

“We’re probably going to have a further penalty before the end of the year and next year we’re going to three engines and an extra race.

“It doesn’t add anything to the show handing these penalties out.”

Horner added that the Dutchman has moved on quickly.

“There’s always pressure and after last weekend Max was pretty emotional. It was a great shame for him and he’s going to vent at that point. He’s come here very motivated.

“By Monday he was already calming down. He’s had a busy week and he’s moved on pretty quickly.”

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