Daniel Ricciardo admitted it was disappointing to be forced out of the Monaco Grand Prix
after his incident with Romain Grosjean
led to a DNF on the streets of Monte Carlo.
The Australian had been running just outside the points for Toro Rosso
when he was hit from behind by Grosjean's Lotus on the run to the Nouvelle Chicane.
It caused extensive damage to the rear of the Toro Rosso
and forced Ricciardo out on the spot, with Grosjean – who also retired with damage to the floor of his Lotus – being handed a ten-place grid penalty for the Canadian Grand Prix
for his part in the incident.
Speaking afterwards, Ricciardo said that the incident with Grosjean had been a tough end to a tough race, and vowed to bounce back next time out in Canada.
“My start off the line was fine and I decided to go for the inside as I saw the usual brake locking up ahead and thought that would be the best place to go,” he said. “But there was a bit of a road block and Bottas was able to go round the outside of me which cost me a position. In the first stint, I struggled on the prime tyre and after the stop, I was better on the option, but from then on I was stuck in the pack.
“As for the crash, I could see that Grosjean had got a good run out of the tunnel and that he was close, so I defended my line and the next thing I knew he was over the back of me. I haven't seen it on a TV yet, but at the moment I believe it was a misjudgement on his part and a costly one that was quite dangerous, even if we are both okay.
“This race can be frustrating, as I was in a train, but I didn't have the pace to move forward. Now we need to move on and try and make a step forward for Canada.”