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Daniel Ricciardo handed three-place penalty for Australian Grand Prix

Daniel Ricciardo was adjudged to be going too fast during red flag conditions - a charge he admitted by saying he read the dashboard display wrong. The Australian is looking to become the first to win a home Grand Prix.

Daniel Ricciardo in his Red Bull at Australian Grand Prix
Daniel Ricciardo has had a bad share of luck at the Australian Grand Prix. (Source: AP)

Daniel Ricciardo’s Australian Grand Prix jinx struck again on Friday with the Red Bull driver handed a three-place grid penalty for his home race for going too fast during red flag conditions. Stewards, who also gave the Australian two penalty points, said the breach occurred during the day’s second practice session at Albert Park.

Ricciardo had admitted an error in reading his dashboard display, they added.

“The Stewards thoroughly reviewed the breach and found that the driver slowed significantly, such that no danger was created, and that the driver proceeded with due care,” stewards said in a statement.

“The Stewards therefore are imposing a lesser penalty than usual, and impose a three grid place penalty and two penalty points.”


No Australian has ever won his home Grand Prix but Ricciardo was seen as a contender this season, with Red Bull looking fast in testing. In 2014, he finished second in his debut race for Red Bull but was disqualified soon after for a mechanical infringement that was no fault of his own.

He just missed out on a maiden podium for a home driver in 2016 when he finished fourth, while last year he crashed in qualifying, started from the pitlane and then retired midway through the race.

“It has to be more fun (this year),” he had said on Thursday.