Renault blame kerbs ‘microsecond’ advantage

Date published: September 22 2019

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Renault have blamed the Singapore Grand Prix kerbs for Daniel Ricciardo’s qualifying DSQ, saying he gained all of “one-microsecond” when his MGU-K over revved.

Ricciardo put his RS19 up onto eighth place on the Singapore grid.

However, hours after qualifying, he was disqualified as he had “exceeded the MGU-K power limit of 120kW”.

The stewards’ statement added: “In coming to this decision the Stewards referred to longstanding precedents regarding technical infringements and the penalty which has been consistently applied is disqualification, and which does not consider when or if an advantage was gained.

“This principle has been very clearly affirmed by the International Court of Appeal.

“The stewards therefore order car three [Daniel Ricciardo] disqualified from the results of qualifying.”

But while Renault have accepted the ruling, which means the number ‘3’ will start from the very back of the grid, the team has made it clear that Ricciardo’s advantage was the smallest of margins: one-microsecond.

The team explained that a whack from a kerb briefly caused the Aussie’s RS19 to over rev.

“Renault F1 Team acknowledges the decision from the FIA Stewards to disqualify Daniel Ricciardo from the qualifying session of the Singapore Grand Prix,” Renault said in a statement.

“He benefitted from an advantage measured at one-microsecond due to a kerb hit that caused his MGU-K to over rev on his slowest lap of Q1.

“The decision will therefore not be appealed.”

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