Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo fears F1 Monaco Grand Prix grid penalty

Daniel Ricciardo says he and Red Bull hope to nurse his fourth Formula 1 engine to avoid picking up a grid penalty for the next grand prix in Monaco

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo fears F1 Monaco Grand Prix grid penalty

Red Bull installed Ricciardo's fourth engine of the season when a fluid leak was identified after first practice at Barcelona on Friday.

Changing the engine was deemed the quicker outcome and even then Ricciardo only managed four laps when he emerged towards the end of FP2.

Ricciardo said that he wouldn't have run much more even if the car had been ready for the start of the session, because he and Red Bull are wary of having to take a penalty for a fifth engine next time out in Monaco.

Strategy Group to reject fifth engine proposal

"We expected today to be limited with mileage," Ricciardo said after practice.

"The main thing is to try to get this engine to the end of Monaco.

"That's the last place you want to take a penalty, so fingers crossed this engine lasts at least two weekends and then we'll assess everything after that.

"We've got to save mileage so we wouldn't have done much more this afternoon - probably one more run.

"Unfortunately we have to be aware that I'm already onto the last one. It's not something we can ignore.

"We're doing what we can, and we hope this engine will get us through at least Monaco so we don't have a penalty on a street circuit."

MORE TO DO ON UPGRADES

Ricciardo's limited mileage meant that he didn't get much of a chance to try the new parts added to the RB11 for this weekend, but he feels the team still has work to do to get on top of its developments.

"We had quite a few updates today and trying to get them working in the correct window is something we've got to discover," he said.

"There's a lot of potential. I don't think we got it all working on my car - it wasn't where we wanted it to be.

"It will be better, we've just got to understand what it's like and try to get more pace out of it."

Team-mate Daniil Kvyat, who was fifth-fastest in FP2, echoed Ricciardo's belief that there is work to do.

"We have been looking closely at how the upgrades work, so we hope to extract even more tomorrow," said the Russian.

"We know there are a few areas to improve and it's never perfect.

"When you have a new package the car changes quite a bit and you always want to analyse it."

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