Daniel Ricciardo, Brendon Hartley and Pierre Gasly will all drop back on the Formula 1 grid for Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix after race stewards confirmed penalties for the trio following engine changes.
Recurring engine issues have left customer teams Red Bull and Toro Rosso both struggling for reliability in recent races. Ricciardo has retired from the last two races due to problems with his power unit, while both Gasly and Hartley had their Mexican Grand Prix weekends marred by multiple issues.
Ricciardo confirmed to reporters on Thursday at Interlagos that an engine penalty was “likely” after retiring in Mexico, with FIA officials confirming the Red Bull racer would drop 10 places on the grid after taking a new MGU-H for his power unit.
Toro Rosso drivers Hartley and Gasly will also drop 10 places after taking new parts, but may face further penalties after both were sidelined in FP1 with problems.
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.”