Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo was given two 5s penalties for his passing efforts in Sunday’s French Grand Prix. The Australian was trying very hard to take the fight to McLaren who had their Renault-powered cars ahead of Daniel and his teammate, Nico Hulkenberg at their home race.
Ricciardo had passed McLaren’s Lando Norris at the chicane, locked up and this put Norris is an avoiding action which sent him wide at the turn. As Ricciardo collected his car, he set about passing Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen but took the right-hand side of the track going into the run-off area in order to do so with all four wheels over the track limit line.
The race stewards viewed these as two separate incident and penalized accordingly:
“Ricciardo started to pass Norris on the outside at Turn 8. At the exit of the corner he distinctly left the track and the stewards determined that he rejoined at an angle that forced Norris off the track to avoid the collision.
“The stewards accepted Ricciardo’s explanation that when he was re-joining the track, he had slowed considerably, going down extra gears and locking up the front left tyre. He also stated that the rumble strips in the turn made the car more difficult to control.
“However, the stewards considered that the sequence of events constituted re-joining the track unsafely, and he subsequently took the position from Norris.”
The stacked penalties moved Ricciardo from the points leaving him down in 11th and McLaren best-of-the-rest at Renault’s home grand prix.