Wed. Aug 10th, 2022

Daniel Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo takes a net penalty, sending him to the final row for tonight’s Formula 1 Turkish Grand Prix.

After a tough qualifying session on Saturday, McLaren has chosen to line up in 16th place, and has chosen to fit the Australian’s car with a number of new elements.

It includes a new internal combustion engine, turbocharger, MGU-H, MGU-K and exhaust.

The latter of these components does not come with a penalty, as Ricciardo’s fourth of eight is allowed during the season.

However, all other components attract net penalties, which means he line up alongside Carlos Sainz in the back row.

After qualifying, asked McLaren team manager Andrea Seidl if Ricciardo would take a new power unit given the relatively small impact the resulting penalty would have.

“This is something we need to review now overnight with our colleagues from Mercedes and see if we will change our plans for tomorrow,” he said at the time.

“So far this weekend, we were not going to make any changes.”

Sainz starts from behind due to his own penalties, while Mercedes Lewis Hamilton comes in 11th place after a new internal combustion engine was fitted to his W12.

McLaren uses Mercedes power, and Toto Wolff admitted on Saturday that there were “unusual noises” in the element in general that were being investigated.

“We have seen unusual noises in the internal combustion engine that are not yet fully understood at the time and therefore caused some problems,” Wolff said.

“In the past, we had engines that largely failed,” he added.

“Now it’s about containing the problem, because at this stage, redesigning parts is not something you would tackle.”

The Turkish Grand Prix starts at 23:00 AEDT tonight.

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