Daniel Ricciardo has been forced to start his home Australian Grand Prix two laps down after developing technical issues on his way to the grid.

The home favourite was due to line up 15th for the start of the Formula 1 season-opener in Australia on Sunday after taking a grid penalty following a gearbox change.

However, Ricciardo would come to a halt on the sighting lap after getting stuck in gear, with Red Bull confirming electrical problems.

Ricciardo crashed out of qualifying on Saturday after making a mistake at Turn 14, sliding across the gravel and into the wall at the left-hander in Q3.

The Australian was due to line up 10th on the grid for his home race, though this became 15th with the penalty.

Despite the best efforts of the Red Bull team to get him out in time for the start of the race, they would fall an agonising two laps short.

The penalty was confirmed by the FIA stewards in the build-up to lights out, with Ricciardo's first gearbox failing to last the six events required before triggering a penalty.

Ricciardo's grid drop lifts Sergio Perez, Nico Hulkenberg, Fernando Alonso, Esteban Ocon and Marcus Ericsson one place each for the start. The Red Bull driver will start on the eighth row of the grid alongside debutant Antonio Giovinazzi.



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