Ricciardo receives Russian GP reprimand

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Daniel Ricciardo, still on a high after his win in Italy two weeks ago, has been given a reprimand for impeding Aston Martin's Lance Stroll during qualifying for the Russian Grand Prix.

Stewards in Sochi, though, did not hand out a grid penalty for the Australian's offence in his McLaren on Saturday.

Obstructing an opponent can be punished by a three-place grid penalty, but Ricciardo escaped with just a reprimand after footage of the session and radio traffic were studied by race officials.

Race stewards noted in a statement that Ricciardo had taken immediate action as soon as he was aware of the Canadian's presence on a wet track and with heavy spray reducing visibility.

McLaren had warned Ricciardo, whose win in the Italian Grand Prix at Monza last time out was the team's first victory since 2012, that teammate Lando Norris was coming up behind him but were unaware that Stroll was doing consecutive fast laps and so said nothing about him.

The stewards deemed the situation bordered on "unnecessary impeding" but opted for a reprimand as the most appropriate penalty.

The reprimand was a first of the season for Ricciardo, who ended up qualifying fifth while Norris took his first pole in Formula One. Their team were given an official warning.

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