Ricciardo set for five-place penalty

 16 Jul 2017 - 1:10

Ricciardo set for five-place penalty
Daniel Ricciardo

Reuters

Silverstone:  Daniel Ricciardo's run of five successive podium places looks in danger of ending after the gearbox on his car was replaced ahead of the British Grand Prix, incurring an automatic five-place grid penalty.
Gearboxes must last for six races and the one in Ricciardo's Red Bull, which was swapped out before Saturday's final practice, had not done so.
The Australian won in Azerbaijan in late June and finished third in Austria two weeks ago.
It was his second grid penalty of the season, after a similar five-place drop in his home race in Melbourne in March. He started from the pit lane on that occasion and failed to finish the race.
Mercedes rival Valtteri Bottas, who won in Austria from pole position, also has a five-place penalty for Sunday's race after a similar gearbox change.
Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel leads Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton by 20 points after nine of 20 races. Hamilton, who had a five-place drop in Austria, is chasing his fourth successive British Grand Prix win and fifth in total.
There has been increasing debate this season about the fairness of penalising a driver for mechanical problems beyond his control, although Formula One has always been a team sport.
Meanwhile,  Valtteri Bottas, who was fastest in both of Friday's opening practice sessions, is set to be handed a five-place grid penalty fortoday's race after an unscheduled gearbox change.
The Finn, who won last Sunday's Austrian Grand Prix after Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton received a five-place penalty for the same offence, will be unable to claim pole position if he is fastest again in qualifying on Saturday. A team spokesperson confirmed the likely sanction late Friday after a dominant Bottas had excelled during practice at Silverstone.