Ricciardo faces grid penalty after gearbox change

Home hope Daniel Ricciardo’s hopes of a rousing result at the season-opening 2017 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix were hit by a second set-back on Sunday when his Red Bull Racing car required a gearbox change before the race.

The 27-year-old Australian had crashed in qualifying on Saturday when he wound up 10th on the grid, but he is expected to take an additional five-place grid penalty for the unscheduled gearbox switch and therefore start 15th.

His Red Bull Racing team-mate Dutch teenager Max Verstappen will start from fifth behind the Mercedes and Ferrari teams, led by a front row of pole-sitting three-time Briton Lewis Hamilton and four-time champion German Sebastian Vettel.

Finn Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes is third and compatriot Kimi Raikkonen fourth for Ferrari.

Canadian rookie Lance Stroll, 18, has also been penalised for the same offence ahead of the race and after qualifying 19th for his debut outing, he will start from the back of the grid. 

 

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