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Ricciardo takes engine penalty, starts 20th for Turkish GP

McLaren’s Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo drives during the first qualifying session at the Intercity Istanbul Park in Istanbul on October 9, 2021, ahead of the Formula One Grand Prix of Turkey. (Photo by OZAN KOSE / AFP) (Photo by OZAN KOSE/AFP via Getty Images)

Daniel Ricciardo will start from the back of the grid, in exchange for running new engine elements for the Turkish Grand Prix.

Why it matters: Ricciardo already qualified in a low position on Saturday, providing McLaren with the opportunity to take the penalty while only losing a few places.


  • Ricciardo will run a new Internal Combustion Engine (ICE), Turbocharger (TC), Motor Generator Unit-Heat (MGU-H) and Exhaust System (EX) for the Turkish Grand Prix.
  • He will lose 4 places on the grid, starting 20th place instead of 16th.

The verdict:

  • “The motor generator unit-heat used by Daniel Ricciardo is the fourth of the three new motor generator units-heat allowed for the 2021 Championship and this is not in comformity with Article 23.2a of the 2021 Formula One Sporting Regulations,” the FIA document read.
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