Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo has said that he feels “screwed” for the second successive Formula 1 race after his second pit stop in the Monaco Grand Prix cost him the race win.
The Australian was in control of the race from the start, and although Lewis Hamilton was attempting a different strategy, had Ricciardo’s pit stop gone to plan he would have won the race.
The Australian was called into the pits by the team to make the change from the intermediate tyre to the super-soft slick tyre as the track was drying out. Once he made it to the pit box there were no tyres ready for him, as a communication error from the pit wall back to the mechanics was delivered late.
Ricciardo made his feelings well known on the cool-down lap after the race, telling his team, “save it, there’s nothing you guys can say that will make it any better”.
“I don’t even want to comment on the race to be honest,” Ricciardo said.
“I guess from the outside we put on a show, but it shouldn’t have been as exciting as it was.
“Two weekends in a row now I’ve been screwed. It sucks. It hurts. I was called into the box, I didn’t make the call so they should have been ready.”
At the last race in Spain, Red Bull’s strategy to cover Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel backfired, as Ricciardo was left with a short stint on the durable medium tyre, to switch to soft compound because Vettel had attempted an undercut.
The situation was different in Monaco, although the team was still at fault for costing Ricciardo the victory because even though Hamilton had avoided the intermediate tyre by extending the life of the full wets, Ricciardo still would have returned to the track in first position.
“We had the speed in the wet,” Ricciardo added.
“At the start we pulled away, pitted for inters, and we put ourselves in a race with Lewis which we didn’t need to be in.
“I felt I was the quickest in all conditions, but again, second place doesn’t show much for it.
“I don’t like being up here being miserable, when it happens two races in a row, it’s hard not to.”
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