During the French Grand Prix at the Paul Ricard circuit, Daniel Ricciardo was in for a tough time. This was because the Australian driver was without a drinks bottle for much of the race. On lap 30, the Renault team informed Daniel Ricciardo about the importance of staying hydrated.
However, the 29-year old informed the team that they forgot to connect his drinks bottle. Given how physical Formula One can be, the poor Renault driver would be struggling by the time the race ends.
The situation seemingly mirrored a situation that struck Scuderia Ferrari in Hungary 2018. During that race, the Italian outfit informed Kimi Raikkonen that his drinks bottle was not connected properly.
Coming back to Daniel Ricciardo, the Aussie drove a very plucky race despite the handicap. In the end, the Renault driver finished the race in 7th, just behind the Mercedes pair and Ferrari pair and Max Verstappen, as well as Carlos Sainz Jr.
For this race in particular, Ricciardo was running a new and upgraded engine for the team’s home race. After starting behind the McLaren duo and Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo was able to overtake Lando Norris, but Sainz Jr was just too far ahead.
In the end, Ricciardo took home a fine 7th place and six precious points. his teammate, Nico Hulkenberg was 9th, adding two more points to Renault’s kitty.