Ricciardo’s team cost him a victory Sunday.
Lewis Hamilton got the victory he desperately needed Sunday in a thrilling Monaco Grand Prix that started in a downpour, ended in the sunshine and saw the use of all five tires on offer to drivers – but the story of the day was Daniel Ricciardo’s heartbreaking second-place finish following a botched pit stop.
For the second Grand Prix running, an error by Ricciardo’s Red Bull team likely cost him a race victory. Needing just an ordinary pit stop time to jump Hamilton on track, Red Bull made a very late call to put Ricciardo on the super soft tire – which wasn’t ready at the pit wall. Ricciardo arrived at his pit and had to wait for around 10 seconds as his crew scrambled to get in position, and the nightmare stop allowed Hamilton to edge Ricciardo at Turn 1. Unable to pass on the treacherously narrow streets of Monte Carlo, Ricciardo settled for second-place and received an apology from his team for the “communication error” that cost him a first Monaco win.
Bettors in Australia who put money on Ricciardo to win – and there were quite a few after the Australian driver took pole – received some comforting news Monday from Sportsbet.com.au, which issued a “justice refund” given the outcome.