Ricciardo will get Abu Dhabi F1 grid drop after Magnussen Brazil conflict

On the primary lap of Sao Paulo’s Brazilian Grand Prix, Ricciardo appeared to make a late lunge on the Haas driver into the tight Flip 8 right-hander.

Ricciardo tried to again out of the transfer however misjudged the state of affairs and could not keep away from tagging Magnussen’s right-rear, which despatched the Dane right into a spin.

Magnussen’s automobile then rolled backwards into the trail of Ricciardo, punting the Australian into the limitations and which means each drivers retired on the spot.

The FIA’s stewards investigated the incident after the race and deemed that Ricciardo was “wholly accountable” for the collision, which they felt it didn’t deserve the extra lenient remedy of typical first lap incidents.

Subsequently, Ricciardo will serve a three-place grid penalty at subsequent weekend’s season finale in Abu Dhabi. Ricciardo additionally will get two penalty factors on his licence, bringing his whole as much as eight, however that is a fairly educational punishment because the Australian will not be on the F1 grid subsequent yr.

Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL36, Kevin Magnussen, Haas VF-22, crash out of the race

Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL36, Kevin Magnussen, Haas VF-22, crash out of the race

Photograph by: Andy Hone / Motorsport Pictures

Judging the incident, the stewards famous: “Ricciardo made contact with Magnussen at Flip 8 on lap one, which induced Magnussen to spin, and subsequently each automobiles crashed.

“McLaren defined that of their view Magnussen was slower on the exit of Flip 8 than the opposite automobiles forward, which made it troublesome to guage the closing fee, as the 2 automobiles interacted.

“Ricciardo defined that in his view, he had slowed sufficiently that he was not going to collide with Magnussen and that he barely misjudged it.

“The Stewards acknowledged that the incident was not reckless. Nonetheless, they decided that the incident was between two automobiles and was not influenced by a number of different automobiles and is subsequently not a “first lap incident.”

“The Stewards decided that Magnussen drove in a standard method for that nook, and that he didn’t make any erratic strikes. Thus the Stewards decide that Ricciardo was wholly accountable for the incident and problem a drop of three grid locations for the following occasion.”

Ricciardo’s teammate Lando Norris additionally retired from the race with a presumed engine problem, which means McLaren’s midfield rival Alpine is all however assured to seal fourth within the constructors’ championship.

Following his shock pole on Friday, Magnussen’s Sunday ended miserably after simply half a lap. Nonetheless, Magnussen’s Q3 heroics helped him financial institution a degree by ending eighth in Saturday’s dash race, during which he inevitably fell by means of the order.

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