Australian Grand Prix: Daniel Ricciardo penalised five grid places for costly crash in qualifying
Daniel Ricciardo drops from 10th to 15th for the Australian Grand Prix after he slammed into the barrier during qualifying on Saturday.
Melbourne: Daniel Ricciardo's Australian Grand Prix hopes have been dealt another blow with confirmation of a five-place grid penalty for Sunday's season-opening race in Melbourne.
Ricciardo slammed into the barrier during qualifying on Saturday and his Red Bull RB13 car suffered rear end damage and prompted the team to change the gearbox.
Teams need to run the same gearbox in six consecutive events, and the five-place penalty, confirmed by the Red Bull team, for changing it drops Ricciardo from 10th to 15th for his home grand prix.
Ricciardo acknowledged after qualifying a gearbox change was possible, and admitted he was "hoping for a lot" in the race.
Ricciardo's penalty promotes Force India's Sergio Perez to 10th, and also elevates Nico Hulkenberg, Fernando Alonso, Esteban Ocon and Marcus Ericsson.
It continues Ricciardo's run of wretched luck at his home grand prix where he is seeking to become the race's first Australian winner in 37 years.
He is lining up for his sixth crack at the race, after placing fourth last year, his best performance yet.
In 2014, Ricciardo crossed the line second behind Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg, but was disqualified for breaching fuel rules.
Lewis Hamilton, the 36-year-old seven-time champion, will have to contend with an much younger racing partner George Russell in a 'new age' formula following a radical regulations overhaul to create closer racing.
Red Bull's Max Verstappen leads seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton by five points at the top of the drivers' standings.
Bottas’ final flying lap saw him beat Hamilton by .096 seconds in a qualifying session that set the grid for Formula One's second-ever sprint, which will determine the starting lineup for Sunday’s main race.