Ricciardo thanks Red Bull for quick engine change (VIDEO)

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Daniel Ricciardo has thanked the Red Bull mechanics for their quick turnaround with his new power unit that allowed him to get out during qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix on Saturday.

Ricciardo suffered a terminal failure on his new power unit – only fitted at the beginning of the weekend – that forced him to miss most of FP3 and the first part of Q1.

He finally got out of the garage with two minutes remaining in Q1, allowing him to get out on track and post a lap time quick enough to secure him a spot in Q2.

With a 50-place grid penalty hanging over his head due to the two new power units, Ricciardo opted not to run in Q2, leaving himself 15th in the final classification.

“We had a new engine in the car this morning that lasted a handful of laps,” Ricciardo explained.

“I think the boys in the garage did the world’s quickest engine change to get the car out for Q1. The previous best was about two hours and I think the boys have just done it in 1 hour and 40 minutes.

“To do one lap was already a victory – the boys are absolute legends. I think everyone cheered when I drove out of the box and I was pretty happy with the lap.”

Ricciardo remains upbeat despite being resigned to starting from the back row, and is relishing the challenge of overtaking at Monza.

“We’ll be starting from the back tomorrow and we’ll try to make up some places,” Ricciardo said.

“The positive aspect is I like overtaking and at this track you can do it, so I’m looking forward to the challenges tomorrow.”

The Italian Grand Prix is live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 7:30am ET on Sunday.

Coyne signs Ferrucci for final two IndyCar races of 2018

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Dale Coyne Racing will field a third entry at the Grand Prix of Portland and the INDYCAR Grand Prix of Sonoma for former Haas F1 test and reserve driver Santino Ferrucci, the team revealed earlier on Friday.

Ferrucci previously raced with Coyne at the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit, where he finished 22nd and 20th, and will drive alongside Sebastien Bourdais and Pietro Fittipaldi. The entry, the No. 39 Honda, will also feature sponsorship from Cly-Del, a Connecticut-based manufacturing company.

“I am extremely grateful to Dale (Coyne) and everyone at Dale Coyne Racing for giving me this opportunity to get back behind the wheel of an IndyCar in Portland and Sonoma,” said Ferrucci, who had been racing in FIA Formula 2 this year until it came to an unceremonious end in July.

Ferrucci continued, “I’m also excited to be bringing my long-time sponsor Cly-Del on board and introducing them to the world of IndyCar racing. I truly enjoyed my time with Dale Coyne Racing in Detroit earlier this season and I couldn’t be more excited to be back with them for a couple more races as I look to the future and enter the next chapter of my career.”

Team owner Dale Coyne highlighted the team’s experience with Ferrucci as a motivating factor in signing him up again for the final two races.

“We were very impressed with Santino at Detroit this year, and not just by his performance behind the wheel, but also by his professionalism and maturity outside of the race car,” said Coyne.

Coyne added, “We’ve had lengthy discussions with Santino in the past few months and we’re excited to have him back for the final two rounds of the season. We look forward to seeing what he will do with this opportunity as he gets back behind the wheel of an Indy Car. We’re also happy to welcome Cly-Del to our ever-growing family of sponsors.”

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