Ricciardo hits out at 'sh*thouse' penalty

F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo hopes to end his Australia curse

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"Obviously starting eighth because of the penalty is frustrating and I thought it was unjust", he said after going fifth fastest in qualifying, having previously described his sanction as "s***house".

FP2 was stopped just after the halfway mark due to loose wiring on the start line that needed to be removed, with the red flag coming out while Ricciardo was on his low-fuel ultrasoft tire lap. I don't think they wanted to give him the penalty they had to.

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For Daniel Ricciardo, his home Australian Grand Prix has been an exasperating mix of desperately willing fans and mostly unwilling cars. While his ink-adding days are "probably done", the next steps of the 28-year-old's journey, short, medium and long-term, will see him in the headlines for much of this year as F1 embarks on a 21-race campaign, the longest season in the sport's history.

Ricciardo, who was tipped to be a contender at Albert Park, said he had been potentially "robbed" of a front row start.

Verstappen, who finished sixth in last year's championship with 168 points, says he is pleased with what he has seen of this year's auto and even dares to hope it is better than the one which saw him finish last season with two victories in the last six races.

Friday's developments are the latest in a series of hard-luck stories for Ricciardo at his home GP, after he finished second in 2014 but was then disqualified for a mechanical issue.

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Interestingly, data from Ricciardo's auto showed he did slow down considerably during the red flag period but that wasn't enough to appease officials.

'The Stewards examined telemetry, video, auto position data evidence and hard from Daniel Ricciardo, the driver of vehicle 3 and the team representative.

"However, he admitted an error in reading his dash and was slightly below the minimum time".

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"The stewards thoroughly reviewed the breach and found that the driver slowed significantly, such that no danger was created, and that the driver proceeded with due care", it said.

Stewards, who also gave the Australian two penalty points, said the breach occurred during the day's second practice session at Albert Park.

Caught out by the new formula one rule only introduced this year, the Aussie's hopes of claiming a home grand prix have been dealt a major blow as a result of the penalty and he didn't hold back when asked how he felt about it.

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