Ricciardo handed three place grid penalty in Melbourne

The Honey-Badger will receive a three place grid penalty ahead of Sunday’s race after failing to slow under red flag conditions in free practice.

The Aussie still did not stay above the mandatory minimum time set by the FIA in the final two mini sectors of the lap after the red flag was thrown mid-way through the session despite the stewards finding that he had “slowed significantly” and “proceeded with due care”.

Ricciardo admitted that it was an era, “in reading his dash and was slightly below the minimum time”

As a result, the Australian has been handed a three-place grid penalty for Sunday’s season-opening race and had two penalty points placed on his previously clean licence.

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