The start of Sunday’s German Grand Prix is going to be an intriguing one, with two of the F1 field’s frontrunners – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo – starting from, or towards the back of the pack. And Ricciardo, at least, is quite excited about it…
Red Bull gave Ricciardo some strategic power unit changes at the start of the weekend, accruing enough penalties to drop him to the back of the grid. Hence it was no surprise to see the Australian sit out Q2 and qualify 15th.
“Yeah, I had time to digest the penalty, of course, and prepare for it, so I’m now just thinking of the excitement I’ll have starting from the back,” he said afterwards. “I’d rather start at the front, but there’s still some fun to be had for sure.”
And Ricciardo could yet be joined at the back of the grid by Hamilton. The reigning champion was left languishing in 14th after hydraulic issues hit his Mercedes in Q1, and should that lead to power unit or gearbox changes, he too could pick up penalties.