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Engine change holds back Ricciardo in Russia

Daniel Ricciardo pulls out of his garage during Friday practice at Sochi The opening day of the Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix proved something of a reality check for Daniel Ricciardo, less than a fortnight on from his Monza triumph. The Australian could manage no better than 14th in Free Practice 1 and 17th in Free Practice 2 at Sochi, his efforts in the latter being delayed by an engine change. The switch was made after an issue was discovered following first practice but will not incur a grid penalty, unlike championship leader Max Verstappen. That’s because McLaren opted to use another power unit from its existing pool; it’s understood the gremlin found at Sochi is repairable but...
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