Grid penalties confirmed for Red Bull drivers, Sainz

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Grid penalties confirmed for Red Bull drivers, Sainz
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Sep 1, 2017, 9:31 AM

Red Bull drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen, as well as Toro Rosso's Carlos Sainz, will take grid penalties at the Italian Grand Prix, it was confirmed on Friday.

 Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB13
Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing RB13
 Daniil Kvyat, Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12
Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing

Verstappen and Ricciardo are expected to take 15- and 20-place penalties respectively as Renault brings in new engine elements in anticipation of the Singapore GP, where a grid drop would be very costly.

Sainz will be hit with a 10-place penalty.

Ricciardo has taken his fifth V6, fifth turbo and sixth MGU-H, which should equate to 20 places.

Verstappen is using his fifth V6 and fifth MGU-H. As it is the first time he has breached the limit of four examples of each element, he will get a 15-place penalty.

He also has a fourth turbo fitted, but that does not contribute to his penalty.

Sainz has his fifth MGU-H, which will represent a 10-place hit as it is the first time he has taken a fifth element.

"It's no secret Singapore is a circuit we're strong on," Ricciardo said on Thursday. "I don't want to take any risks in Singapore and risk racing with an old engine or something.

"If we have to be strategic about it, then we will. We're not in a comfortable position now to be taking any risks with the reliability, so we'll play it safe."

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