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Ricciardo given 10-place Bahrain grid penalty

30 Mar 2014

Daniel Ricciardo has been handed a 10-place grid penalty for next weekend’s 2014 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix following an unsafe release from his third pit stop in Sunday's race in Malaysia.

The Australian had pitted from fourth on track, but was released from his pit box with the left front wheel of his RB10 improperly secured.

Under 2014's revised regulations, any driver who is unsafely released not only incurs a 10-second stop and go penalty if they continue in the race, but also receives an automatic 10-place grid drop for the subsequent event.

Red Bull were also reprimanded by the stewards in Malaysia after a member of team personnel was found to have not worn head protection during a pit stop.