Ricciardo, Kvyat to take grid penalties in Italy


Infiniti Red Bull Racing have confirmed that both Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat will face at least ten-place grid penalties this weekend at the Italian Grand Prix, with both drivers taking a new engine for the event.

Ricciardo and Kvyat will both switch to their sixth Renault power unit of the season, with Team Principal Christian Horner confirming the news on Wednesday that they will make the chance and incur the penalties.

“We’ll be taking a penalty this weekend with both cars, which will be power unit six,” said Horner to Autosport. “We’re out of mileage on the units we’ve got, and we need to do what we can to get to the end of the year.

“We’ve decided to take it tactically at Monza because it’s a track where you are flat out for 75 per cent of it, so of course it’s not going to be our strongest circuit of the year.”

It is more bad news for Renault, who look likely to face another penalty at the Toro Rosso team with Carlos Sainz Jr also changing his power unit at Monza, a race after the Spaniard’s team-mate Max Verstappen took a similar penalty.