Daniel Ricciardo will start the Turkish GP from the back after taking an engine penalty, as reported by Racingnews365.com.
Ricciardo’s shambolic qualification saw him get knocked out in Q1 itself. It was an embarrassing result for the Australian and for McLaren. Both parties were to blame for the result that put him in a terrible position for the race.
Many urged McLaren to hand Ricciardo a new engine to give him a fighting chance. They have done just that, and have agreed with Mercedes to supply the Australian with a new engine. As such, Ricciardo will start the Turkish GP from the back after his engine penalty.
McLaren will be fitting the MCL35M with new power unit components. This will see him start the race from P20, one place behind Carlos Sainz, the other driver who takes an engine penalty.
The winner of the Italian GP will be taking multiple new parts. McLaren will fit his car with a new Internal Combustion Engine, a new MGU-H and a fresh turbocharger.
These components can be changed three times per season, and Ricciardo will take his fourth of each and subsequently a grid penalty.
He will also have a new exhaust system in his car, but that won’t hand him a penalty down the road due to there being eight of those within the driver allowance.
Ricciardo was supposed to start the race in 15th place, so a five-place drop is actually good for him. That way, he can navigate the first corner without any risk. If there are any incidents in front of him, he is in prime position to capitalise and make up places.
The only problem he will potentially face is McLaren’s rival Ferrari in front of him in the form of Sainz. The Sainz vs Ricciardo battle will be very interesting to see, and adds another layer of excitement to the race.