After enduring a challenging Canadian Grand Prix, Daniel Ricciardo has again taken aim at his team’s decision making by calling them average.
The Australian struggled his way to finish seventh in the race having qualified in fourth position, and lost out at the start to his teammate Max Verstappen during the first two corners.
“Today was not a clean race from both of us,” Ricciardo said.
“There were a few scrappy parts from my side and I would say the team’s side. I locked a brake into Turn 13, then a few of the pitstops and calls were a bit average again. We’ve got to clean some things up for Sunday [the European GP].”
Ricciardo radioed his team that he was faster to which the team responded by letting Verstappen know not to hold the Australian up, however they didn’t implement team orders.
“I said on the radio that I thought we could be quicker in clean air. It’s just always when we were behind someone we couldn’t use the tyres anymore and even with the long DRS straights we couldn’t get close enough to pass.”
This is the third race weekend running where Ricciardo has been affected by team strategy, having lost the Monaco Grand Prix due to a pit stop error and missing a chance at a Spanish Grand Prix victory when the team covered Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel’s attempted undercut.
“Unfortunately we’ve had good Saturdays, but not great Sundays. We couldn’t get a break.”
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