2018 Australian Grand Prix: Home hero Daniel Ricciardo handed a three-place grid penalty at the Australian Grand Prix following being ruled to have gone too fast under red flag conditions during practice.
The Australian was also received two penalty points on his license for the break which the stewards said had the potential to be “extremely serious”.
“The stewards reviewed the data and found that Ricciardo did in fact fail to stay above the minimum time set by the FIA ECU in the penultimate and final marshalling sectors,” the said in a statement.
“The stewards also found that Ricciardo slowed by as much as 175kph 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, [Article] 31.6 was added this year to ensure that drivers reduce speed sufficiently during a red flag. Breach of this regulations 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. The stewards therefore are imposing a lesser penalty than usual, and impose a three grid place penalty and two penalty points.”
Ricciardo “admitted an error in reading his dash and was slightly below the minimum time”.