A highlight of the race for Ricciardo came on Lap 24 when he took advantage of a battle between Alpine drivers Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso. Ricciardo was able to slip down the inside on a corner and pass both drivers at once.
“I was able to make a nice double-move on the Alpines, which was fun,” said the Australian.
Though the race only got worse from there. After initially holding off Stroll on the medium tyres, the same wasn’t able to be replicated when Ricciardo pitted for hards and Stroll came out on softs.
Ricciardo struggled with grip and made contact with the Canadian driver.
“I tried to avoid contact but I couldn’t and unfortunately hit him, spun him around and got a penalty and then that was it. The Hard didn’t work for us, I could just never really get it working.”
Ricciardo reflected on a race with mixed emotions: “Unfortunately, there were more lows than highs. The launch felt good but then I dropped a bit after that and I was almost middle braking into Turn One.”
“I felt like I was in a decent spot but I remember an Alpine coming up high on the exit of Turn One and I ran out of room, so I had to get out of that, otherwise I was going to lose a wing. I lost momentum through Two and got done around the outside of Turn Two as well. So, it was a bit of a mess on the first lap. Then the Soft really fell apart and I didn’t have anything on that tyre.”
Ricciardo’s teammate Lando Norris finished seventh.
Formula 1® now has a month away for the summer break before they return for the second half of the season.
“I’m looking forward to the break, of course, and will try to come back with a little more speed in the second half of the year.”