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

Starting lineup grid for IMSA Petit Le Mans: Tom Blomqvist puts MSR on pole position

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IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar championship contender Tom Blomqvist put the Meyer Shank Racing Acura at the front of the starting lineup for the Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Road Atlanta.

Blomqvist turned a 1-minute, 8.55-second lap on the 2.54-mile circuit Friday to capture his third pole position for MSR this season. Earl Bamber qualified second in the No. 02 Cadillac for Chip Ganassi Racing.

Ricky Taylor was third in the No. 10 Acura of Wayne Taylor Racing, which enters Saturday’s season finale with a 19-point lead over the No. 60 of Blomqvist and Oliver Jarvis (who will be joined by Helio Castroneves) for the 10-hour race.

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With the pole, MSR sliced the deficit to 14 points behind WTR, which will field the trio of Taylor, Filipe Albuquerque and Brendon Hartley in Saturday’s race.

“We really needed to put the car in this kind of position,” Blomqvist said. “It makes our life a little less stressful tomorrow. It would have given the No. 10 a bit more breathing space. It’s going to be a proper dogfight tomorrow. The guys gave me such a great car. It’s been fantastic this week so far, and it really came alive. I’m hugely thankful to the boys and girls at MSR for giving me the wagon today to execute my job.

“That was a big effort from me. I knew how important it was. It’s just awesome for the guys to give them some sort of reward as well. It’s always nice to be quick. If you do the pole, you know you’ve got a quick car.”

Though WTR has a series-leading four victories with the No. 10, MSR won the Rolex 24 at Daytona and has five runner-up finishes along with its three poles.

The strong performances of the ARX-05s ensure that an Acura will win the final championship in IMSA’s premier Daytona Prototype international (DPi) division, which is being rebranded as Grand Touring Prototype in the move to LMDh cars next season.

Taylor qualified third despite sliding into the Turn 5 gravel during the closing minutes of qualifying while pushing to gain points.

“Qualifying was important for points,” Taylor said. “Going into it, if we outqualified the No. 60 Meyer Shank Acura, they had a lot to lose in terms of championship points. So, we were trying to increase the gap over 20 points which would’ve made a big difference for tomorrow. We would have loved to get the pole and qualify ahead of the No. 60, but in the scheme of the points, it didn’t change a whole lot. I’m feeling good since it’s such a long race, and the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura team does such a good job strategizing and putting us in a good position.

“I’m very confident in our lineup and our team compared to them over the course of 10 hours. I’d put my two teammates up against those guys any day. I think we are all feeling optimistic and strong for tomorrow.”

In other divisions, PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports (LMP2), Riley Motorsports (LMP3), VasserSullivan (GTD Pro) and Paul Miller Racing (GTD) captured pole positions.

The broadcast of the 10-hour race will begin Saturday at 12:10-3 p.m. ET on NBC, moving at 7 p.m. to USA Network. Peacock will have flag-to-flag coverage.


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