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Ricciardo, Hartley drop back on Mexican GP grid after engine penalties

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Daniel Ricciardo and Brendon Hartley will both drop back on the Formula 1 grid for Sunday’s Mexican Grand Prix (NBC, NBC Sports app from 2:30pm ET) after being hit with penalties for engine changes made since qualifying.

Ricciardo qualified P7 for Red Bull on Saturday at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez after struggling to get to grips with his tires, prompting the team to consider taking a grid drop to gain additional power unit elements in light of his poor result.

The power unit changes were confirmed by the FIA technical delegate in his pre-race report, with Ricciardo taking a new internal combustion engine, turbocharger and MGU-H on his car, amounting to a 20-place drop.

Ricciardo will only serve nine places due to penalties for other drivers, with Toro Rosso’s Brendon Hartley also being confirmed for a grid drop following changes since qualifying where the New Zealander was sidelined by an issue in Q2.

Hartley also took a new ICE, turbocharger and MGU-H, meaning he will start 17th behind Ricciardo, with the already-penalized McLaren pair of Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne following in 18th and 19th.

Toro Rosso also fitted Pierre Gasly’s car with a new turbocharger ahead of the race for a five-place grid penalty, although as the Frenchman failed to technically qualify and will start last anyway, it has no bearing on his grid position.

2017 Mexican Grand Prix – Starting Grid

1. Sebastian Vettel Ferrari
2. Max Verstappen Red Bull
3. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
4. Valtteri Bottas Mercedes
5. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari
6. Esteban Ocon Force India
7. Nico Hulkenberg Renault
8. Carlos Sainz Jr. Renault
9. Sergio Perez Force India
10. Felipe Massa Williams
11. Lance Stroll Williams
12. Marcus Ericsson Sauber
13. Pascal Wehrlein Sauber
14. Kevin Magnussen Haas
15. Romain Grosjean Haas
16. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull
17. Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso
18. Fernando Alonso McLaren
19. Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren
20. Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso

Holmatro, INDYCAR renew partnership in five-year extension

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Holmatro, a long-time partner of INDYCAR and title sponsor of the Holmatro Safety Team, have renewed a long-standing partnership that will see Holmatro and INDYCAR continue their partnership in a five-year contract extension.

“Holmatro has been a trusted partner and supplier in Indy car racing for more than 20 years,” said president of competition and operations Jay Frye. “Holmatro’s growth parallels some of the great strides made in safety for INDYCAR drivers and teams. We’re pleased to see this partnership continue, as it is a great benefit to everyone in the paddock.”

Holmatro’s relationship with INDYCAR dates back to 1991, when they first supplied tools to the safety team of the CART sanctioned PPG IndyCar World Series. Holmatro branding will continue to be featured on the firesuits, vehicles, and transporters of INDYCAR’s safety team throughout the agreement.

“Holmatro is extremely pleased to extend our partnership with INDYCAR for another five years,” said Tony Barboza, general manager for Holmatro. “We’re extremely proud to be affiliated with the premier on-track safety team in the world. Members of the safety team serve on their home fire departments when not at INDYCAR events and, like them, we believe in constant improvement and innovation. When the race is for life, you can count on the INDYCAR Safety Team and Holmatro rescue tools.”

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