29 May 2016
F1 Monaco GP: Ricciardo: That’s two in a row where I’ve been screwed!
Daniel Ricciardo left no-one in any doubt as to his feelings after missing out on victory in the Monaco F1 Grand Prix.
Daniel Ricciardo's face told the story, but his comments in the immediate aftermath of the Monaco Grand Prix gave full vent to the frustration he felt at seeing an almost certain victory get handed to Lewis Hamilton.
The Australian had the pace to pull away from both Mercedes once the race was released from behind the safety car, but found himself in a two-way battle for the win with Hamilton that was ultimately decided in the pits.
While Hamilton stuck out long enough to take the lead when Ricciardo pitted for inters and then hold on to make a single stop for slicks, the Australian saw his chances evaporate along with the pre-race rain when the Red Bull team appeared not to be ready for him to make his own stop for slick Pirellis.
The error saw the RB12 sitting, waiting, for crucial seconds as the team sorted the right set of tyres to fit for the second half of the race, and Ricciardo rejoined in Hamilton's wake as the Briton rounded Ste Devote.
Although he tried to find a way by his rival, who was running the ultrasoft against Ricciardo's supersoft, the Australian was rebuffed long enough for Hamilton to build a gap that he carried to the flag. Two weeks on from feeling aggrieved at missing victory in Spain, Ricciardo crossed the line telling his team to 'save it', presumably refusing to accept their apology, and left no-one in any doubt as to his mood on the podium.
“I don't even want to comment on the race, to be honest!” he sighed, “I guess, from the outside, we put on a show, but it shouldn't have been as exciting as it was to be honest. Two weekends in a row now I've been screwed – it sucks!”
Ricciardo also played down suggestions that be may have caught the team unawares by appearing in the pit at short notice, claiming that it hadn't been his decision to stop when he did.
“No idea [what happened with missing tyres],” he insisted, “I was called into the box - I didn't make the call, I was called – so they should have been ready. It hurts... I don't have anything else to say, to be honest.
We had the speed, we had the speed in the wet, and, on the start, we pulled away. We pitted for inters but then put ourselves in a race with Lewis that we didn't need to be in. The pit-stop was ... the pit-stop, so... I thought I was the quickest in all conditions, but it doesn't show much for it..”
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