‘Silly error’ cost Ricciardo pole

Helena Hicks
Helena Hicks
Helena Hicks
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Daniel Ricciardo has slammed his team Red Bull for a ”silly error” in qualifying which cost his chances of a pole position. Ricciardo stunned the crowd with pole position in Monaco last year, but that was not to be retained today.

MONTE-CARLO, MONACO – MAY 27: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia driving the (3) Red Bull Racing Red Bull-TAG Heuer RB13 TAG Heuer on track during qualifying for the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Monaco on May 27, 2017 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

In Q3, Red Bull released Ricciardo into traffic, which hindered his chances of starting first on the grid for tomorrow’s race.

“We knew we needed to go hard on the out-laps, to get a clear lap out of the pits to warm the tyres up. We came out in traffic, basically. I couldn’t push on the out-lap on the last run.

It seemed like we had 20 seconds to Perez behind me so I don’t know why we didn’t go in that gap. Why we went out in traffic when we knew we needed a hard out lap, that was a pretty obvious mistake.

I don’t know why we didn’t wait to put me out in clear air – unless the time was going down and we weren’t going to make it, which I don’t think was the case. I believe we had all the time we needed. It just seemed like we made a stupid, silly error.”

– Daniel Ricciardo

MONTE-CARLO, MONACO – MAY 27: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Red Bull Racing in parc ferme during qualifying for the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Monaco on May 27, 2017 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Ricciardo was destined the win last year until a slow pit-stop cost him the lead. Ricciardo had to settle for second in the end after Red Bull were not ready to service his car.

“It seems like sometimes the intensity of Monaco makes you lose a bit of concentration and make what seem to be pretty obvious errors. It’s not intentional, it’s just frustrating. We underachieved way too much and this race is an opportunity for us to do much better than that.

We could have challenged everyone, but that means nothing now because we’re not there. We were very far from the potential, so that’s the frustrating part.

This is the one that you don’t want to make silly or simple errors at. You want to put more emphasis on Saturday than Sunday here, it’s not the day you want to make those errors.”

– Daniel Ricciardo

MONTE-CARLO, MONACO – MAY 27: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia driving the (3) Red Bull Racing Red Bull-TAG Heuer RB13 TAG Heuer on track during qualifying for the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Monaco on May 27, 2017 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Fingers crossed the Monaco curse does not strike Ricciardo again. The Aussie starts the Monaco Grand Prix from 5th, behind his teammate and with Carlos Sainz for company on the third row.