Daniel Ricciardo, the 33-year-old Australian F1 racer who has been set to depart McLaren by end-2022, has been met with a three-place grid drop for his final race with McLaren scheduled to take place on November 20. In the matter of the fact, the punitive measure came forth as the Aussie had collided with Haas’ Kevin Magnussen at the opening lap in Brazil GP on Sunday.
Besides, the race referee also had held the 33-year-old accountable for the entire incident adding he is “wholly to blame”. In tandem, the race referee also had dashed two penalty points, taking his tally to eight for the 12-month period.
Ricciardo receives three-place grid penalty
The FI said in a statement, “Ricciardo explained that in his view, he had slowed sufficiently that he was not going to collide with Magnussen and that he slightly misjudged it”.
In tandem, Ricciardo had to retire on the spot and his McLaren teammate Lando Norris had botched to finish, too, resulting a 19-points gap with Alpine at its battle for the fourth place in constructors’ championship race with just only one race remaining this year in Abu Dhabi.
Meanwhile, apologizing to his team, Ricciardo, who is linked to Mercedes and Red Bull for a reserve driver position for 2023, said in a statement, “I think the biggest disappointment is that it was such a small touch but it had massive consequences.
I feel most times, a small touch like that, you can get away with it. So it was pretty unfortunate for both of us”.