Daniel Ricciardo penalized after the F1 French Grand Prix
Daniel Ricciardo passed first Lando Norris then Kimi Raikkonen on the final laps of Sunday’s Formula 1 French Grand Prix.
Daniel Ricciardo has been handed two five-second penalties for last lap incidents involving Lando Norris and Kimi Raikkonen in Sunday’s Formula 1 French Grand Prix.
On the final lap of the race, Ricciardo used his DRS to close in on and pass Norris into the chicane that separates the Mistral Straight into two parts. With the speed heading into the corner much higher than on the preceding laps, the Renault driver failed to judge his braking correctly and went off the track to complete the pass.
On re-joining the track, he caused Norris to take action to avoid Ricciardo and ran off the track himself, earning the first penalty.
The second penalty was for a pass on Kimi Raikkonen almost immediately after the previous move. Running down the second part of the straight, Ricciardo went all four wheels off the track to pull alongside and ultimately pass Raikkonen’s Alfa Romeo.
Given that these moves provided almost the only entertainment of the race, it’s just a shame that the Australian couldn’t pull them off legally and the decisions put him out of the points in 11th.
Speaking before seeing the race stewards, Ricciardo said of his last lap, “F**k them all, how does that sound?
“To be honest, all jokes aside, every time I’m braking late and deep trying to make a move, I’m struggling to pull the car up. It’s better than the start of the year but I’m still not quite where I was with Red Bull.
“But the thing is; if I don’t try, I’m sitting behind him the whole race so I have to try, but when I do try it’s sometimes a bit on the limit. I’m obviously trying to keep it on track and not be dirty.”
He later issued a more sedate statement:
“It’s clearly disappointing to drop outside the points with a post-race penalty, especially at the team’s home race. The last lap was a lot of fun, we had a fight and I enjoyed it. I’d rather give it a go than not try at all, and I’m sure the French fans and the people at home liked watching. It’s a shame to be penalised for it, but we’ll aim to move on from that as quickly as possible. In terms of the race, I feel like I missed out a little bit at the start, especially after a really good launch off the line. I braked too early for turn one and that was too conservative looking back. That made the rest of the race hard work, but we kept it clean and smooth from there. There are still a lot of positives to take and we’ll be looking for an immediate response in Austria.”
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