Ricciardo joins Bottas with five-place grid penalty for Silverstone

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Daniel Ricciardo has become the latest driver to be hit with a five-place grid penalty ahead of this weekend’s British Grand Prix after a gearbox change on his Red Bull car on Friday night.

Having scored five straight podium finishes heading into this race weekend, Ricciardo had hoped to continue his current momentum at Silverstone, only to suffer a setback following FP2 when Red Bull discovered his gearbox had been damaged.

The team confirmed ahead of FP3 that the Australian would be taking a new gearbox for the remainder of the race weekend, triggering a five-place grid penalty.

Ricciardo’s penalty follows that of Valtteri Bottas after Mercedes was forced into a gearbox change on Friday, meaning the Finn will also drop back five places after qualifying.

Usain Bolt, Bill Clinton among headline guests for USGP at COTA

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The Circuit of The Americas paddock ahead of the United States Grand Prix may have been busy with teams and drivers preparing for lights out, but much of the attention lay with a number of headline guests including former presidents and Olympic champions.

As part of its plans to up the excitement levels ahead of Sunday’s grand prix and mirror other sporting events, F1’s new owner, Liberty Media, announced plans a couple of weeks ago to link up with iconic boxing announcer Michael Buffer and eight-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt for the pre-race festivities.

Ahead of today’s race in Austin, Buffer will introduce the drivers in a number of groups before offering the call for drivers to start their engines, similar to the pre-race procedure for the Indianapolis 500.

Honorary race starter Bolt, who competed in his last athletic world championship event in London earlier this year, will appear on the start line to complete his signature victory pose before waving the green flags to launch the formation lap.

Bolt was also treated to a hot lap around COTA by Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton before the start of the formal pre-race build up program in Austin.

Liberty issued a list of celebrities and other public figures who are confirmed to be attending today’s race, including Verizon IndyCar Series champion Josef Newgarden and actor Owen Wilson among others.

One name that wasn’t on the list? 42nd President of the United States, Bill Clinton, who quickly became a focus for the paddock upon arrival three hours before lights out.

The United States Grand Prix is live on NBC and NBC Sports app from 2pm ET today.