Daniel Ricciardo expressed his frustration after he lost a golden opportunity to win the Monaco Grand Prix following a disastrous pit stop that cost him crucial track position.
The pole sitter was in a strong position to resume in the lead after Lewis Hamilton pitted for dry tyres, but the Red Bull mechanics did not have new tyres ready when Ricciardo pitted, costing him many seconds and seeing him rejoin behind the Mercedes.
“I don’t even want to comment on the race, to be honest,” Ricciardo said after the race. “Two weekends in a row now, I’ve been screwed. It sucks. It hurts.
“I didn’t make the call, I was called into the box. They should’ve been ready. I don’t have anything else to say to be honest.”
Despite getting close to challenging Hamilton at multiple points during the long final stint, Ricciardo was unable to find a way past and had to settle for second place.
“I guess from the outside, we put on a show,” said Ricciardo. “Shouldn’t have been as exciting as it was, to be honest.
“I think we had the speed in the wet, at the start. We pulled away, pitted for Inters, and then we put ourselves in a race with Lewis which we didn’t need to. And then the pit stop was the pit stop, so.
I felt I was the quickest in all conditions, but second place doesn’t show for it.”