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Daniel Ricciardo: I don’t really know what to say


It was a weekend to forget for the Aussie.

Daniel Ricciardo endured a tough race at the Monaco Grand Prix, a track that historically holds plenty of fond memories for the McLaren driver.

The Aussie recorded a 12th-place finish, a position much lower than he would have hoped for.

His tricky weekend was compounded by only managing P12 in qualifying, with overtaking being almost next to impossible around the streets of Monte Carlo.

Ricciardo could not manage to take any steps forward in the race and was eventually lapped by his teammate Lando Norris.

The result was a shock, given he has previously performed well at the circuit, with a race win and three other podiums to his name.

The race was won by Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, with Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) and Norris (McLaren) completing the podium.

“I think the whole weekend was simply just a weekend to forget,” Ricciardo said after the race.

“Obviously car four [Lando Norris] and the rest of the team got a podium, so I obviously want to congratulate them and they got it right.

“I don’t even know if it was we got it wrong, it just never really got going. We didn’t really do a crazy different set-up, the cars I want to say were nearly identical from a set-up point of view.

“I’m not trying to be too clever with that either, obviously I’ve got more to learn with this car than Lando, so I’m not trying to be different, trying to just follow suit and move forward with that.

“But just a strange weekend really from the get-go and one to forget. I think probably I’m not going to over-analyse this one, I think just forward for Baku and go from there.

“Getting lapped [by Norris], might be the first time [by a teammate], I don’t really know what to say.

“I will definitely look into it, but I think when it is a weekend like this and as far off as it was, probably best just to step away for a few days.”

Ricciardo will be looking to set things right at Baku on 4-6 June.