Ricciardo to start Belgian GP from 10th

Daniel Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo is set to start the Belgian Grand Prix from 10th position after grid penalties for six cars were applied.

Ricciardo qualified sixth fastest at Spa-Francorchamps, the highest of those who had a grid penalty against them, but only drops net four positions due to Renault team-mate Nico Hulkenberg also being moved back.

The Australian, the German, and McLaren’s Carlos Sainz, all got five-position penalties having taken Renault’s Spec C internal combustion engine (ICE) in Friday practice.

Each are, however, now back on the Spec B for what Renault says is strategic reasons.

Hulkenberg will start from 12th and Sainz from 16th.

Behind him are Lance Stroll (Racing Point), Alexander Albon (Red Bull Racing), and Daniil Kvyat (Scuderia Toro Rosso), who were all given multiple new power unit elements due to upgrades for Honda and Mercedes.

The latter also moved to a new gearbox before the passing of six consecutive events.

Williams’ Robert Kubica is at the very back of the 20-car grid after he was officially given dispensation to start the race despite not setting a time in qualifying due to a failure of his Mercedes ICE.

Race start is at 2310 AEST.

Starting grid Updated

Pos Num Driver Car  
1 16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari  
2 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari  
3 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes  
4 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes  
5 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing Honda  
6 7 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari  
7 11 Sergio Perez Racing Point BWT Mercedes  
8 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari  
9 8 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari  
10 3 Daniel Ricciardo Renault Penalty
11 4 Lando Norris McLaren Renault  
12 27 Nico Hulkenberg Renault Penalty
13 99 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari  
14 10 Pierre Gasly Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda  
15 63 George Russell Williams Mercedes  
16 55 Carlos Sainz McLaren Renault Penalty
17 18 Lance Stroll Racing Point BWT Mercedes Penalty
18 23 Alexander Albon Red Bull Racing Honda Penalty
19 26 Daniil Kvyat Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda Penalty
20 88 Robert Kubica Williams Mercedes  

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