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Daniel Ricciardo to avoid Canada GP grid penalty

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After victory in Monaco, Daniel Ricciardo is set to head into the next race in Montreal unscathed after Renault reported his faulty MGU-K was salvageable, according to Auto Motor und Sport.

The Australian driver for Red Bull was able to pick up his second victory this season despite having to nurse his RB14 for over 50 laps of the Monte Carlo course.

Luckily for Ricciardo, the circuit is known for its narrowness and slow corners which meant that even despite suffering from a 20% power loss for most of the race, Ricciardo could still hold off Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton.

The Aussie was set to face a ten-place grid penalty in the next Canada Grand Prix as a new MGU-K element in Monaco would have taken him to a total of three for the season.

The strict F1 regulations for 2018 state that each car and driver can only use two MGU-K, energy stores and control electronics.

Ricciardo moved onto his second MGU-K and current one in FP3 in Shanghai after his first one was badly damaged but as per Planet F1, the loss of power was caused by an issue with the assembly of the unit rather than the MGU-K element itself.

Another talking point was when Red Bull also did opt to give team-mate Max Verstappen a third MGU-K element in Monaco, but his penalty was offset by the fact that he missed qualifying and started 20th on the grid anyway.

F1 Grand Prix of Monaco

However, after victory on this signature track, the 28-year-old moved up to third in the 2018 Drivers' Standings, jumping ahead of Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas.

Since Ricciardo is set to face no punishment at the Canadian GP, he will be eyeing up another victory to further put the pressure on Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel.

This season's F1 Championship has yet to disappoint with three different drivers from three different teams all securing two wins in the first six races.

Topics:
Sebastian Vettel
Max Verstappen
Daniel Ricciardo
Lewis Hamilton
Red Bull
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