Daniel Ricciardo expects to face a grid penalty later this year following the failure of one of his two batteries for the season.
The Red Bull driver’s retirement in Bahrain was caused by a failed energy store in his Renault power unit which the team has now replaced. Ricciardo believes the old one cannot be re-used.
Ricciardo could avoid a penalty by using his new one for the rest of the season, but he believes that is unlikely. “We only survived doing one [battery] for one race,” he said.
“It’s more likely than not we’ll have a penalty, but hopefully it’s happening later. So it’s the second one, 90% sure.”
However Valtteri Bottas has had good news about the state of his energy store and control electronics which were replaced following his crash in Australia. Following inspection Mercedes ran the parts again during practice in Bahrain. The team intends to run it in further practice sessions before returning it to use in a race scenario.
Power unit components used after Bahrain Grand Prix
|26||Toro Rosso||Honda||Pierre Gasly||2||2||2||1||1||1|
|55||Toro Rosso||Honda||Brendon Hartley||1||2||2||1||1||1|
|3||Red Bull||TAG Heuer||Daniel Ricciardo||1||1||1||1||1||2|
|30||Renault||Renault||Carlos Sainz Jnr||1||1||1||1||1||1|
|33||Red Bull||TAG Heuer||Max Verstappen||1||1||1||1||1||1|
|31||Force India||Mercedes||Esteban Ocon||1||1||1||1||1||1|
|11||Force India||Mercedes||Sergio Perez||1||1||1||1||1||1|
NB. Ricciardo’s new energy store has not been officially confirmed yet which is why he is on one instead of two.
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