Mon. Aug 15th, 2022

The Australian had a disappointing time in qualifying as a lack of confidence in soft tires in humid but drying conditions resulted in him being knocked out of the 1st quarter.

After initially starting from 15th on the net, McLaren assessed overnight whether it would be an advantage to add a fresh Mercedes engine to its pool.

Like the workshop teams, Mercedes ‘customers are aware of the reliability risk of the German manufacturers’ engines, and many races are still missing.

After an evaluation, Autosport understands that McLaren has decided to go for an engine replacement to get an extra power unit on board.

Instead of going for a brand new power unit, McLaren has chosen to change Ricciardo’s internal combustion engine, turbo and MGU-H.

According to F1’s sporting rules, the introduction of a single new power unit component, in addition to what is allowed, results in a 10-seat net penalty.

However, if a rider incurs a penalty in excess of 15 lattice spaces, he must automatically start the race from the back of the lattice.

So when Ricciardo falls short of that regulation by toting 30 places, he is forced back with Sainz.

But since Sainz had set a faster time than him in qualifying, that means the Spaniard will take 19th on the net and Ricciardo the last place.

Carlos Sainz Jr., Ferrari SF21, Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL35M

Carlos Sainz Jr., Ferrari SF21, Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL35M

Photo by: Charles Coates / Motorsport Images

Speaking before confirming that he moved back, Ricciardo admitted that it will be a tough question to make great progress in the race.

“We do not really know if it will be a difficult track for overtaking,” he said. “No track is easy, so I am sure it will be challenging.

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“But there were some long-term cases [on Friday] where I felt quite comfortable so you know I’m also optimistic or sure the race can definitely get better. But we’ll see.

“Most of the top 10 start on medium, so it may be that strategy choices are not so obvious. But I just want to look ahead and not waste energy on being frustrated or angry. ”

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