Connect with us

2018 F1

Ricciardo to escape Canadian GP penalty

Published

on

Daniel Ricciardo looks set to escape a penalty ahead of the Canadian grand prix.

Despite winning in Monaco, the Australian nursed a malfunctioning MGU-K unit to the chequered flag.

Red Bull’s Dr Helmut Marko initially said the unit would not have to be replaced, but Adrian Newey disagreed, arguing the damage had been extensive and a change would cost Ricciardo penalties.

But when asked in Montreal if he will take a penalty, Ricciardo answered: “Not yet. Unless something happens in practice. But for today the answer is no.”

He admitted that the French GP in a fortnight, however, could be a different story.

“Yes, it could happen at Paul Ricard,” said the 28-year-old. “And if I get a penalty, I’d prefer it there because we have momentum at the moment.”

On other matters, Ricciardo mischievously refused to answer questions about his future, including whether he has signed a deal with Ferrari or Mercedes.

“Answer one: maybe. Answer two: maybe,” he smiled.

And when asked if winning in Monaco drove up his price for Red Bull, Ricciardo said: “Maybe!”

Marko said he is confident Ricciardo will eventually sign.

“We’re not rushing and we don’t put him under pressure. He knows we really want to extend with him,” said the team official.

“Monaco showed us not only how good he is, but also how good we are,” Marko told Auto Bild.

But Mercedes may still be an option for Ricciardo, with Williams’ Paddy Lowe revealing: “Toto (Wolff) has been talking to Ricciardo for three years.”

Ricciardo’s teammate Max Verstappen is having a much tougher 2018, and he even told a journalist on Thursday that he will “head butt” anyone who asks tough questions about crashes.

Boss Christian Horner told Bild newspaper: “I understand that Max is in the spotlight right now and everything is under a microscope. But that’s the way it is.”

Loading...

Comments

Latest F1 News

Latest F1 News

2019 F15 days ago

I’m not ready for Formula E – Hulkenberg

Nico Hulkenberg says he is “not ready” to contemplate a switch to Formula E. It is strongly rumoured that if...

2019 F16 days ago

BREAKING: Albon to replace Gasly from Belgian GP

Toro Rosso’s speedy Alexander Albon will replace Pierre Gasly at Red Bull from the next race in Belgium, the F1...

2019 F17 days ago

Alonso says it is not true liking Vettel

Fernando Alonso says it is not true that he doesn’t like Sebastian Vettel. In Hungary, amid rumours the retired double...

2019 F11 week ago

F1 teams balk at expensive new regulations

F1 teams are pushing back on proposed new regulations — for reasons of cost. One idea that could be scrapped...

2019 F12 weeks ago

McLaren targets Sainz to beat Gasly in 2019

McLaren is targeting a coveted sixth place in the 2019 drivers’ world championship with Carlos Sainz. With Mercedes, Ferrari and...

2019 F12 weeks ago

F1 broadcaster fails to show Sainz in Hungary

Carlos Sainz was “the invisible man” during the recent Hungarian GP. In fact, well-known Spanish journalist Antonio Lobato claims that...

2019 F12 weeks ago

Marko confirms Verstappen staying at Red Bull-Honda for F1 2020

Red Bull motorsport head Dr Helmut Marko has confirmed that Max Verstappen is definitely staying at Red Bull-Honda in 2020....

2019 F12 weeks ago

Me and Russel are eating two different dishes – Kubica

Robert Kubica is yet to benefit from what seems to have been a clear step forward for Williams and George...

2019 F12 weeks ago

I will not stop doing dangerous activities – Raikkonen

Kimi Raikkonen says he will not stop doing dangerous activities just because he is in Formula 1. Well known for...

2019 F12 weeks ago

Two competitive cars ‘essential’ to Red Bull success – Horner

  Christian Horner says it is “essential” that Red Bull has two cars near the front of the F1 field....

Most Popular

ThisisF1.com is not affiliated with Formula 1, Formula One Management, Formula One Administration, Formula One Licensing BV, Formula One World Championship Ltd or any other organization or entity associated with the official Formula One governing organizations or their shareholders. Copyrighted material used under Fair Use/Fair Comment.

References
We could use the following leading F1 news sources for stories: SkyF1, BBC F1, Autosport, ESPN F1, FIA Media Center, MotorSport, JamesAllen and others leading authors blog.

All Rights Reserved © 2017 Prime Sport Media