Sport Ricciardo: British GP fightback "great fun"

23:40  16 july  2017
23:40  16 july  2017 Source:   readsport.co

Ricciardo hit with five-place grid penalty

  Ricciardo hit with five-place grid penalty Daniel Ricciardo has been handed a five-place grid penalty for the British Grand Prix after Red Bull opted to change his gearbox ahead of Saturday’s third practice session. Due to the Australian’s gearbox not lasting the mandatory six consecutive grand prix’s, he will start five places lower than wherever he qualifies for the race. Red Bull informed the FIA on Friday night it was opting to change the unit; it’s the second time this season Ricciardo has been forced to change his gearbox, the first occurring at the opening round in Melbourne. Ricciardo will join Valtteri Bottas in the list of drivers taking grid penalties, the Mercedes driver was also forced to change his gearbox on Friday. Red Bull is expected to mount a challenge to Mercedes and Ferrari this weekend, despite both Ricciardo and Verstappen finishing adrift of their rivals in both practice sessions so far. The 28-year-old is on a run of five successive podium finishes going into this weekend, Ricciardo’s best finish at Silverstone is a third-place finish in 2014.

After two dismal race weekends, Daniel Ricciardo believes Red Bull will be involved in the battle come the British Grand Prix. The Aussie is now looking forward to the next race on the calendar, the British GP , confident that Red Bull will be involved in the fight .

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Daniel Ricciardo was delighted with a superb recovery drive as he climbed from the back of the grid to fifth place in the British Grand Prix.

A combination of a five-place penalty for a gearbox change and a turbo failure in qualifying had left the Australian down in 19th on the grid.

It proved an action-packed race as Ricciardo gained good ground in the early laps before seeing his progress wiped out when he ran wide on the exit of Luffield.

The Red Bull driver swiftly scythed his way back through the pack and ultimately wound up fifth after problems for Nico Hulkenberg and Sebastian Vettel in the dying stages.

Hamilton takes fourth consecutive British Grand Prix win

  Hamilton takes fourth consecutive British Grand Prix win Lewis Hamilton cruised to a fourth consecutive British Grand Prix victory at Silverstone ahead of team-mate Valtteri Bottas as both Ferraris hit tyre trouble in the dying stages. Hamilton enjoyed the perfect getaway from pole position after an aborted start following Jolyon Palmer’s stoppage on the formation lap, with Max Verstappen passing Sebastian Vettel for third. An early safety car period followed after a clumsy collision between the two Toro Rosso team-mates of Carlos Sainz and Daniil Kvyat at Becketts. Sainz was forced to retire, with Kvyat handed a drive-through penalty. Hamilton proceeded to pull away from Kimi Raikkonen at the restart, while Vettel and Verstappen engaged in a monumental battle as the Dutchman defended fiercely from the Ferrari. Vettel then pitted on Lap 19 and executed the undercut to perfection, emerging ahead when the Red Bull driver stopped on the following lap. The leaders then followed suit, while the soft-shod Valtteri Bottas stayed out before switching to the faster supersofts for his final stint on as he continued his impressive fightback. Daniel Ricciardo, who had started from the back, promoted himself into the points places by overtaking both the Force India drivers on fresh rubber. At the front of the field, Bottas had closed in on Vettel, who offered only a brief defence before the Mercedes driver swept past. Bottas was then elevated to second as what seemed to be a puncture forced Raikkonen to pit.

Red Bull can fight Williams at Silverstone - Ricciardo .

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Ricciardo says he thoroughly enjoyed the race and hopes that he was able to put a good show for the Silverstone fans.

“I hope they showed a lot of that on TV,” he said. “I just felt like the whole race I was overtaking cars and I hope the fans enjoyed it.

“We made up a chunk of positions early on and then I got a bit greedy, went off track and ended up at the back again.”

“It was great fun coming back through the field and I gave it everything. I caught Hulkenberg with a few laps to go and then Seb had his issue which handed me fifth, so danke Sebastian.”

Ricciardo remains fourth in the drivers’ championship, but loses ground to Valterri Bottas who also recovered from a gearbox penalty to take second.

Break clause activation puts British GP future into jeopardy .
After weeks of speculation, Silverstone has activated the break clause on their current contract with F1 owners Liberty Media, meaning that the 2019 British Grand Prix is set to be the last under the current guise. The British Racing Drivers’ Club – who own the Silverstone venue – have been backed into a corner by the fiscal unsustainability of the current contract, which was penned back in 2009. The terms agreed included a five percent escalator fee which has facilitated an annual increase in the overall cost of the race. With the event costing a mere £11.5 million in 2010, this number has risen to a suspected £17 million fee to host this season’s race. BRDC Chairman, John Grant, stated: “This decision has been taken because it is not financially viable for us to deliver the British Grand Prix under the terms of our current contract. We sustained losses of £2.8m in 2015 and £4.8m in 2016, and we expect to lose a similar amount this year. “We have reached the tipping point where we can no longer let our passion for the sport rule our heads. It would not only risk the very future of Silverstone and the BRDC, but also the British motorsport community that depends on us. “However, I want to be clear that although we have now activated the break clause, we are fully supportive of the changes the Liberty team are making to improve the F1 experience.

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