user icon

Ricciardo's penalty a result of a Mexican marshal's actions

  • Published on 09 Nov 2018 19:51
  • comments 4
  • By: Fergal Walsh

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has confirmed that Daniel Ricciardo's five-place grid penalty for the Brazilian Grand Prix had to be served after a marshal in Mexico sprayed fire extinguisher foam onto the turbocharger two weeks ago.

Ricciardo was forced to retire from the race after his car was hit with a clutch issue which prevented him from taking his first podium since Monaco. As the car was being pushed away, a marshal opted to use the fire extinguisher as the car was lightly smoking.

“You can’t really blame them, the car was obviously smoking,” Horner told Sky during the second free practice session in Brazil. “They shot foam up the exhaust and as it solidifies in the turbo it’s terminated it. So he’ll take a five-place penalty. Hopefully on a track like this it’s actually not that big a penalty.”

Max Verstappen's Friday afternoon session at Interlagos got off to a slow start as his mechanics had to work on his car. Horner stated that the issue was a crack in the oil tower, which the team suspect began to split in Mexico, where he took his fifth F1 victory.

“The oil tower on the front of the engine has developed a crack so it was starting to leak oil in [the first] session," Horner said. "So it’s had to be changed. The guys have done a great job in getting the engine off the back and back on, replacing the part. Hopefully no more than a half-hour delay.

“The lucky thing is we suspect that crack may have started in Mexico because there was a little bit of oil loss in the race that couldn’t be accounted for. So actually probably pretty lucky that it got to the end of the race,” the Briton added.

Replies (4)

Login to reply
  • Unforrunate, but maybe unavoidable. Unless they coulda used a different extinguisher?

    • + 0
    • Nov 10 2018 - 05:55
  • boudy

    Posts: 1,168

    This is the first time I heard about that specific issue. Has anyone else heard this before on another f1 PU?

    • + 0
    • Nov 10 2018 - 07:29
    • I dont remember whether it has actually happened before, but the same concerns has been expressed before.

      • + 0
      • Nov 10 2018 - 13:29
  • RogerF1

    Posts: 501

    Foam is the only way with a suspected oil fire. A fire will reignite after water or CO2 types are used and with all the cowling I guess there is no easy access or visibility to determine location or what actually maybe on fire eg. electrical but foam up the hot exhaust would be pretty terminal. Lucky it didn’t take the whole engine.

    • + 0
    • Nov 11 2018 - 09:09

BE Grand Prix of Belgium

Local time 

BE Grand Prix of Belgium

Local time 

Related news

World Championship standings 2022

Show full world champion standings

Test calendar

See full test schedule

Give your opinion!

Will Bottas challenge Hamilton for the world championship in 2020?

Driver profile

  • Team Red Bull Racing
  • Points 2,012
  • Podiums 77
  • Grand Prix 163
  • Country NL
  • Date of b. Sep 30 1997 (25)
  • Place of b. Hasselt (Belgie), NL
  • Weight 70 kg
  • Length 1.8 m
Show full profile

Formula 1 Calendar - 2022

Date
Grand Prix
Circuit
-
Spain
-
Bahrain
18 - Mar 20
Bahrain
25 - Mar 27
Saudi Arabia
8 - Apr 10
Australia
22 - Apr 24
Italy
6 - May 8
United States of America
20 - May 22
Spain
27 - May 29
Monaco
10 - Jun 12
Azerbaijan
17 - Jun 19
Canada
1 - Jul 3
United Kingdom
8 - Jul 10
Austria
22 - Jul 24
France
29 - Jul 31
Hungary
26 - Aug 28
Belgium
2 - Sep 4
Netherlands
9 - Sep 11
Italy
30 - Oct 2
Singapore
7 - Oct 9
Japan
21 - Oct 23
United States of America
28 - Oct 30
Mexico
11 - Nov 13
Brazil
18 - Nov 20
United Arab Emirates
See full schedule

Formula 1 Calendar - 2022

Date
Grand Prix & Circuit
18 - Mar 20
25 - Mar 27
Saudi Arabia Jeddah Street Circuit
8 - Apr 10
Australia Albert Park
22 - Apr 24
6 - May 8
United States of America Miami International Autodrome
20 - May 22
27 - May 29
Monaco Monte Carlo
10 - Jun 12
Azerbaijan Baku City Circuit
17 - Jun 19
1 - Jul 3
United Kingdom Silverstone
8 - Jul 10
Austria Red Bull Ring
22 - Jul 24
France Paul Ricard
29 - Jul 31
Hungary Hungaroring
26 - Aug 28
2 - Sep 4
Netherlands Circuit Zandvoort
9 - Sep 11
Italy Monza
30 - Oct 2
7 - Oct 9
21 - Oct 23
United States of America Circuit of the Americas
28 - Oct 30
11 - Nov 13
Brazil Interlagos
18 - Nov 20
United Arab Emirates Yas Marina Circuit
See full schedule
show sidebar