Ricciardo joins Bottas with five-place grid penalty for Silverstone


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.