Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo suffered a massive accident during free practice 2 of the Styrian Grand Prix. Ricciardo lost control of his R.S 20 while exiting the penultimate corner of the Red Bull Ring. The Australian was limping following the accident and was visibly shaken after the crash.
In a session that could decide the starting order for Sunday’s race, Ricciardo ended his practice session quite prematurely. With a thunderstorm predicted tomorrow, F1 could postpone Saturday’s qualifying to Sunday or even cancel the session altogether.
The exact cause for Daniel’s crash remains unknown but the Australian lost the rear of his R.S.20 and spun into the barriers at a high velocity.
Ricciardo visited the medical center following his crash and was limping. It appears Ricciardo simply carried too much speed into the corner, which resulted in the high-speed incident.
Ricciardo’s accident resulted in F1 red flagging the session to clear Ricciardo’s stricken Renault car. The impact of the accident resulted in heavy damage to the rear wing and floor.
The Australian hasn’t had the best of luck in Spielberg since F1 resumed racing in 2020. At last week’s Austrian Grand Prix, Ricciardo suffered reliability issues and retired from the race.
Despite Renault’s reliability woes, Ricciardo remains optimistic about the car’s performance this season.
“The whole field certainly seems a bit closer this year… from the second row back it is tight. I was happy with the car really from the get-go on Friday [last week]. I think Lap 1 was solid and we built from there.
“The race was obviously a bit cut short for me, but I think even though I did only a small amount of laps, I think there were still some things which I learned from the race which we can be better at.
“But quali-spec car, I think we’re there. Hard to say what position I think we are, but in that midfield, I want to say we’re in that [group], right at the front of it, within a tenth.” Said Ricciardo, as quoted by F1.com.
Hopefully, the Honey Badger can bounce back after a difficult few sessions at the Red Bull Ring.