Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo could add more British GP grid penalties

Daniel Ricciardo could pick up additional British Grand Prix grid penalties so his Red Bull Formula 1 team can fit additional new parts given his qualifying failure

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo could add more British GP grid penalties

Ricciardo went into Silverstone qualifying already facing a five-place grid penalty as Red Bull had to change his gearbox ahead of schedule after practice.

He was quickest early in the damp Q1 but then had to park with an apparent turbo failure, leaving him 20th.

While Ricciardo is set to regain one position as Fernando Alonso has 30 places of grid penalties, he said Red Bull was considering making further changes.

He is also on the cusp of an engine penalty as he is on the fourth of the five MGU-Hs he is allowed in the season.

Asked if he was likely to take further penalties, Ricciardo replied: "I think that's something we'll look at because we already start at the back, whether it's 19th or 20th.

"Maybe we'll try and see if we can make the most of this penalty and fit on some new parts."

Renault has yet to confirm the nature of Ricciardo's failure but he immediately suspected the problem was turbo-related.

"I think it was something to do with the turbo, that was the first noise I heard which didn't sound healthy," he said.

"I have no idea how an engine works still but I know what a turbo sounds like I think.

"That started making some really strange noises and I was losing power with that.

"Then from an engine safety mode point of view, everything switches off."

While Ricciardo's team-mate Max Verstappen had a trouble-free qualifying, he was 1.5 seconds off Lewis Hamilton's pole pace as he took fifth in Q3.

Asked where Red Bull was lacking, Verstappen replied: "Clearly everywhere, we're not fast enough.

"We just want a bit more stable balance, a bit more grip.

"We just can't get on top of it."

Ricciardo admitted that taking the penalties was less painful on a weekend Red Bull was struggling.

"That's the way I have to look at it now," he said.

"I wouldn't have got pole but say fifth, sixth, you're still 10th, 11th [with a gearbox penalty] so from that point of view maybe it's - I don't want to say a blessing in disguise - but maybe it's not a terrible disaster.

"It could have happened tomorrow and now we can put some new bits on the car."

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