Daniel Ricciardo Apologizes for the Awful Mistake That Cost Him F1 Podium at Sochi

Published 09/28/2021, 4:49 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 4, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo arrives at the circuit REUTERS/Benoit Tessier


The 2021 Russian Grand Prix saw another messed up pit stop, keeping up with what seems to be a trend these days at the F1 garages. Ever since the pit stop regulations changed at the Belgian Grand Prix, many of the teams are facing trouble adjusting. The Russian GP was no different with a lot of slow pit stops up and down the pit lane. The one which supposedly had the biggest effect on the race (at least up until the rain randomized everything) was the slow pit stop of Daniel Ricciardo.

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Looking back at it, Daniel has said that he will take some of the blame for that blunder at Sochi.

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The set up to a frantic pit stop gone wrong for Daniel Ricciardo

After the frantic first few laps, Ricciardo was running in third place after Russell and Stroll made an early switch to the hard tires. Hamilton’s Mercedes was right behind Daniel and was putting pressure on the Australian. In lap 23, the Mercedes crew emerged in the pit lane as if to stop Hamilton. McLaren fell for the dummy and pitted Ricciardo to cover off against the undercut.

Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September 26, 2021, McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo during the race REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

However, it did not materialize as intended. A lengthy pit stop cost Ricciardo a lot of time and he fell behind Lewis. Daniel revealed that some of it were his own mistake.

Slow Pit-Stop Ricciardo’s own fault?

When asked if he thinks the slow pit-stop cost him a potential podium at Sochi, Ricciardo said, “I don’t know

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It is something we will look at. I took some of the blame because I stopped a bit too long. I could see that the mechanics had to readjust, so for sure I cost a bit of time there.”, he explained.

Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 12, 2021, McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo celebrates on the podium after winning the race REUTERS/Massimo Pinca

He also said, “It looked like they were slow on the front, but maybe if I had stopped properly, then we wouldn’t have had that problem. On the hards, the pace was good, and I got past Russell pretty quickly. Once I got close to Carlos, we started to kill the tires. In the end, it is okay and will take the points.

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Ricciardo had a shaky start with McLaren, with a few less than impressive performances at the beginning of the season. But now that he’s settled into the team and adapted to the car, Daniel Ricciardo’s true pace is finally on display. The win at Monza speaks for this fact.

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Riddhi Mondal

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Riddhi Mondal is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. Having previously worked as a student reporter at The Statesman, she is an ardent follower of all things F1. A nerd through and through, the complicated physics that goes into the cars is what drew Riddhi to the sport.

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