Ricciardo to get grid penalty in Brazil

Ricciardo to get grid penalty in Brazil

Ricciardo to get grid penalty in Brazil

Horner added that the reason for the enforced change was actually due to the Mexican marshals firing extinguisher foam up the exhaust when the Australian retired from the race last time out.

"You can't really blame them, the auto was obviously smoking", Horner told Sky.

"You can see flames coming out of the back there, so you cannot blame the marshal really - he is putting out a fire". "The auto was obviously smoking but they shot foam up the exhaust and as it solidifies in the turbo its terminated".

"The other turbo that Daniel has in his pool was on the engine that failed in Austin, and Renault was saying that every time they have run a turbo when they have had a failure like that, they normally stop after 400km. That's really important around here, but we'll definitely try to score a podium".

Ricciardo admitted that having been annoyed after the retirement, his mood was not helped when he was later told about the turbo problem.

"We will always try to do the best we can, but I think there are not enough corners to make up the loss we have on the straight which you could also see previous year", Verstappen said to Crash.net.

"I can laugh about it now, because it has just been the trend lately. But it is what it is".

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel was second on the timesheets in 1:09.060 with Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton, his fifth Formula One championship won in Mexico City last month and reflected in the five stars on his helmet, third on an overcast morning.

Verstappen and the Red Bull team emerged as unexpected contenders in the race after low-key performances in qualifying from both Verstappen and team-mate Daniel Ricciardo.

The Red Bulls of Ricciardo and Max Verstappen were fourth and fifth.

"And of course everything little thing that comes with it makes me even more angry".

"Unfortunately the altitude is not high enough here", he said. If we had it spot on we may have had a small chance of challenging a Ferrari, but when you are losing so much time on the straights it is always going to be a hard.

"You can see the others were blistering their tyres quicker than us here, so come Sunday, especially if the temperature increases, we are in good shape".

Their fortunes swung 180 degrees the following day, with Verstappen getting the jump on Ricciardo at the start and winning the race.

"It's a bit of a shame that we missed a little bit of running initially and then everything is a little bit rushed", Verstappen said.

"Everybody is doing short runs, you are on a long run, you have traffic and stuff like that".

"That weekend I was clearly fastest, but for 75 seconds I wasn't".

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