Daniel Ricciardo Eager to ‘F**k This Year Right Off’

Published 12/07/2020, 7:13 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Sakhir Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo in action during the race Pool via REUTERS/Bryn Lennon


After a manic Sakhir Grand Prix, Sergio Perez finally won his first Formula One race. Joining him on the podium were former teammate Esteban Ocon, and current teammate Lance Stroll. Behind the trio were McLaren’s Carlos Sainz Jr and Renault driver Daniel Ricciardo.

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Admittedly, the Australian driver felt that his race finish was bitter-sweet. This was because he seemed to be in the running for a podium or even a win, but the strategy did not go his way. In the end, Ricciardo was reduced to watching his teammate reap the benefits of a maiden podium.

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With Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc out of commission and Mercedes in all sorts of trouble, the iron was hot. To make matters even better, Lewis Hamilton was down with COVID-19, so all Daniel Ricciardo and Renault needed to do was strike.

How did Daniel Ricciardo miss out on a podium?

The Renault F1 team squandered a podium shot when they called him in too late for his first stop. Apparently, he had already passed the pit lane entry when the call came. So, he was forced to complete an extra lap on old tires. As a result, AlphaTauri’s Daniil Kvyat became even more threatening and successfully pulled off the undercut to leapfrog him.

“To be honest it was scrappy, it was a scrappy race from our side I felt,” Ricciardo admitted.

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“I got called into the pits, I was already past the pit entry so I couldn’t pit and then Kvyat undercut us, so we gave him a freebie and spent that whole second sim behind him.”

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – November 26, 2020 Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

Then came a case of horrible timing, when the team brought him in during a Virtual Safety Car (VSC). This was because the period ended just before he entered the pits. On the bright side, Kvyat and Carlos Sainz also suffered from similar fates.

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Unfortunately, it did allow Perez, Ocon, and Stroll to get past them. So, when Mercedes bungled their own pit stop, the Racing Point duo and Ocon capitalized. Now, the Australian driver will have to look ahead to next week’s season finale at Abu Dhabi. Admittedly, the odds of a crazy race like this happening again are pretty slim.

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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