Monaco GP

Riccardo ‘screwed’ by Red Bull over pit stop

Daniel Ricciardo leaves the Monaco Grand Prix heavily disappointed after being in control for the early part of the race, before a mistake by the team caused a lengthy pitstop.

Claiming he was ‘screwed’ by his team once again, after he lost out in the strategy at the Spanish Grand Prix two weeks ago which saw another race win slip from his fingers. He witnessed his teammate take the win in Barcelona, but it was Mercedes in Monaco, despite trying to get ahead through the second part of the race.

Commenting on the podium, the Australian said: “I don’t even want to comment on the race to be honest.

“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.”

He had a great start to the race, with the Red Bull looking quick in the wet conditions, opening up a 13 second gap to Rosberg, and then Hamilton once the team changed their positions.

“We had the speed in the wet. 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.”

A distinct lack of smiles from Ricciardo said everything you needed to know about his mood.

Image via Red Bull/Getty

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