2017 F1

Stupid mistake cost me – Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo expressed his frustration with fifth place in Monaco qualifying after his Red Bull team for made a “stupid error” that cost him a shot at pole flying lap.

Red Bull failing to evaluate the traffic situation when they sent Australian for his final flying lap. Last year Ricciardo’s top podium lost by Red Bull’s pit-stop mishandle.

“It seemed like I had such a clear track behind, I don’t know why we didn’t wait to put me out in clear air,’ he told reporters.

‘Unless the timer was going down and we weren’t going to make it, which I don’t think was the case, it just seemed like we made a stupid, silly error.

‘Maybe I’m missing something, but it seemed an obvious and basic mistake.’

Ricciardo had hoped to be in the mix for pole himself and blamed the team for his disappointment.

‘In Q3 we committed to doing one lap,” he explained. “In Q1 and Q2, it seemed like the rear tyres were going off doing that extra lap and some others looked like they were starting to do it.

‘To go with strategy, 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.

‘But in my last run, I came out with traffic.’

He added: ‘In effect, this race was today, to be honest, because qualifying is pretty much everything around here.

‘From practice, I felt we are better than so we have under-achieved’ It’s very frustrating and I am very unhappy about it.’

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