Daniel Ricciardo crossed the line in P9 in what was a dramatic weekend at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. His qualifying ended abruptly in Q2 after crashing into the wall and putting him 13th on the grid for the race. Sunday saw him climb through the field and secure a points finish.
The majority of the drivers moved up a position with three laps to go after Max Verstappen – who was leading at the time – crashed out of the race, causing a red flag. Upon restart, Lewis Hamilton had issues with his brakes into the first corner and went into the runoff, dropping him from second-place.
Ricciardo found himself mid-pack and managing his tyres for most of the race.
“There were moments today in the race where I was thinking, ‘I hope it becomes a bit more exciting, and suddenly it did,” Ricciardo said.
“We had some positive moments, but also a few difficult periods. I flat-spotted the Hard a bit, so that became tricky for the last few laps before the red flag, but not too bad beforehand.”
“The last start, I felt like I got a good launch and had a good run on the outside, but there wasn’t really much room with a couple of cars on the inside. It just all bottlenecked into Turn Two, and I felt a hit from behind. I couldn’t really do much, but we’ll keep working on our plan and keep moving forward.”
McLaren teammate Lando Norris came away with a P5 after gaining two places at the restart.
Ricciardo will be looking to spend more time in the simulator before the French Grand Prix in two weeks.