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Strategic grid penalty in store for Ricciardo

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Like Max Verstappen, Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo will likely take a strategic grid penalty at Monza in order to head to a gain a benefit in two weeks in Singapore.

Monza's power-hungry  layout will only underline Red Bull's relative weakness in the engine department, softening the impact of a low grid start while boosting its chances at the better-suited Marina Bay venue.

"It's no secret Singapore is a circuit we're strong on," said Ricciardo.

"I don't want to take any risks in Singapore and risk racing with an old engine or something.

"If we have to be strategic about it, then we will. We're not in a comfortable position now to be taking any risks with the reliability, so we'll play it safe."

Red Bull has clearly pointed the finger at engine partner Renault for its lack of reliability, a weakness which has hardly hit Ricciardo's team mate Max Verstappen.

The manufacturer's progress in performance this season appears to have come at the expense of its reliability, according to the Aussie.

"I think the progress has been hindered by reliability," he said. "If we had better reliability we could then start to turn it up more and more.

"That's slowed us down more than we would have liked. Obviously on top of the disappointment of the DNF is that it then kind of slows everything down for updates and development.

"Hopefully we have less of these issues coming up, but we're getting later in the season now and still having it. We thought we would have cleared this earlier."

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