Ricciardo handed 10 place grid penalty for Bahrain

Formula One World Championship, Rd2, Malaysian Grand Prix, Race, Sepang, Malaysia, Sunday 30 March 2014.

What could have been a superb afternoon at Sepang turned into another nightmare for Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo, who ran strongly in fourth place until lap 41, when he pitted for fresh rubber and his crew proceeded to seriously botch his pit stop.

The mechanics tending to the left hand side front were not finished with their task, but Ricciardo was released with a wobbly front wheel. He stopped midway up the pitlane and had to be pushed back to his pit bay for work to rectify the ill fitting wheel.

Not long after bad turned really ugly as a front wing failure then forced him back into the pits which, coupled to a 10 second stop-go penalty, eliminated any chance of a points finish for the ever-smiling Australian. He retired from the race on lap 53.

After the race the Malaysia stewards confirmed that a 10-place grid drop would be imposed for the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Ricciardo said after his race, “I am disappointed, it was looking like we could have a solid points finish and I was starting to mix it up at the front but at the last pit stop there were all the problems so the race ended pretty quickly for me.”

Two weeks earlier, on home soil, Ricciardo was disqualified from second place in the Australian Grand Prix.

At last year’s German Grand Prix Red Bull were fined € 30 000 for an unsafe pit release, which resulted in a wheel flying off Mark Webber’s car in the pitlane,  injuring an FOM cameraman who was struck by the loose wheel. (GP247)

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  • http://www.facebook.com/Bomoh1Malaysia Raja Bomoh Nujum VIP

    Saman Bur8 saja lah, buat apa nak penalti danny, dia tak bersalah. Can somebody translate in english please..

  • Dave Bates

    Wow ! how unlucky, he didn,t even make it out of the garage lane & into the pit lane ? Not much leverage to correct mistake. drivers beware of wheels falling off in the garage & rolling forward a few metres ! At least Ricciardo realised the error before crossing blue line into traffic.

  • Dave Bates

    And yet the FIA allow 3 wheeled cars to drive around the track with 200mph cars passing them while limping back to the pits, is that safe ? what is going on here.

  • farizY

    This sucks.

  • Boycottthebull

    Seems overly harsh given that he hadnt even left the pits and also failed to finish the race. Seems more like FIA retribution to me. They must be scared that they will look foolish when its shown how inaccurate their fuel flow sensors are and they are going to pound Red Bull till they back off on the matter.

  • Dave Bates

    Thats true, & the Vetel ” sh.t” engine sound quote ! Annoying the hell out of the FIA, i think the words they used were leverage to change Red Bulls mind about appealing the Aussie points. ” the word blackmail comes to mind !

  • Guest

    it is arguable that whatever happens in the pitlane is punished harder. The guys on track pay or get paid millions to take a tiny risk, being in a very safe monocoque, the guys in the pitlane (engineers, reporters, marshals pitcrew etc) have a much higher risk, and a much lower paycheck. (at least at the moments when there are cars in the pits that is)

    So ‘limping’ back to the pits, is (imho) not as hazardous as stopping in the pitlane, pushing a car backwards, while in a ‘pitstop-window’ of the race. (imagine this situation, just when a SC pulls out, and 10 cars decide to enter the pits..)

    This said, and the joy i took in RB’s 10place grid-penalty aside, i do think the FIA is very inconsistent. Ok, today is ‘good’ for me, because im no RB fan, but next week the well screw over another with some other silly inconsistency.
    This is also the reason that i enjoy the penalty to RB today.. it is like a lottery, so smile when you take a ‘win’ 😉

    To quote Jeremey Clarkson..

    =Ssshhhttuuppid=

  • =El Presidente=

    it is arguable that whatever happens in the pitlane is punished harder. The guys on track pay or get paid millions to take a tiny risk, being in a very safe monocoque, the guys in the pitlane (engineers, reporters, marshals pitcrew etc) have a much higher risk, and a much lower paycheck. (at least at the moments when there are cars in the pits that is)

    So ‘limping’ back to the pits, is (imho) not as hazardous as stopping in the pitlane, pushing a car backwards, while in a ‘pitstop-window’ of the race. (imagine this situation, just when a SC pulls out, and 10 cars decide to enter the pits..)

    This said, and the joy i took in RB’s 10place grid-penalty aside, i do think the FIA is very inconsistent. Ok, today is ‘good’ for me, because im no RB fan, but next week the will screw over another with some other silly inconsistency.
    This is also the reason that i enjoy the penalty to RB today.. it is like a lottery, so smile when you take a ‘win’ 😉

    To quote Jeremey Clarkson..

    Shhhtuuupid

  • Dave Bates

    I can respect where you are coming, i guess Fabrice Lom of the FIA quoted fuel flow issues are primarily to stop huge differences in speed on track & yet a car doing 80mph on 3 wheels in considered safe by the FIA & not questioned. Furthermore the car was on the garage side of the blue line, not on pitlane traffic. More questions than answers for me, I Guess ” grey area ” FIA rules are yet to be translated into black and white.

  • McLarenfan

    Harsh but not out of context as it is a rule that was voted on after Mark’s wheel flew off last season it was to make the teams not go for a 1 second pit stop and make sure the wheels are attached. But the part I dislike is it’s not a driver error again the driver has no control over his wheels being tight so the team should be punished not the driver.

  • Dave Bates

    Very true, FIA ” grey area ” rule book needing translation into black / white

  • McLarenfan

    I do find some of the gray areas to be stupid and I do agree it is a team sport not a single person sport but at times I do feel the driver takes a big hit like a drive through then a 10 place penalty for the next race is harsh double punishment takes Dan out of the next battle as for argument sake he qualifies ahead of Seb say 3rd bang he is 13th WRONG so wrong