Ricciardo pleased to see the back of Monaco

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Daniel Ricciardo is pleased to be moving on from the glitz and glamour of Monaco after a disappointing weekend which ended in retirement following a run-in with Romain Grosjean.

The Australian driver had been running just outside the points when the Lotus driver crashed into the back of his Toro Rosso exiting the tunnel, ending both of their races. Although he was by no means pleased, Ricciardo saw no reason to dwell on the matter when writing in his blog.

“The impact from the Grosjean crash was pretty hard but the car did its job and I was able to walk away, though the damage to the rear-end was pretty extensive. The chassis should be okay but it was a late night at the track for the guys in the garage sorting it all out.

“Sometimes when things like this happen, you want to blow off steam but by that point I really couldn’t be bothered shouting and screaming at Grosjean.”

Instead, Ricciardo told the Frenchma “you’re an idiot”, following the example of Kimi Raikkonen, who spoke of Sergio Perez in a similar tone after the race following his run-in with the Mexican. Whilst this incident cost both drivers points, Ricciardo was pleased that his own altercation did not lose him a top ten position.

“If there’s a bright side, it’s that it didn’t cost me any points. It’s a funny sort of positive to take away but I’d have felt a lot worse if I’d been in the top ten at that stage.”

Ricciardo will be keen on returning to form at the Canadian Grand Prix, where he finished a lonely 14th.

Rinus VeeKay to drive for Ed Carpenter Racing in 2020

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Ed Carpenter Racing has signed 2019 Indy Lights runner-up Rinus VeeKay to drive the full 2020 NTT IndyCar Series season, the team announced Wednesday.

VeeKay will drive the No. 21 Chevrolet previously occupied by Spencer Pigot.

“I’m so happy!” the 19-year-old driver from the Netherlands said in a press release. “It’s a dream come true and something we have worked extremely hard for over the last couple of years. To step up from USF2000 to the NTT IndyCar Series in three years is really special.”

In his maiden Indy Lights season this year, VeeKay collected six race victories and seven pole potions. VeeKay previously won the 2018 Indy Pro 2000 championship, and finished second in the 2017 USF2000 standings.

VeeKay’s success in the ladder series caught the attention of Carpenter, who gave VeeKay the opportunity to first test for the team at Portland International Raceway in August.

“I have been following Rinus’s path through the Road to Indy, especially the past two years,” Carpenter said. “It was clear to me that he deserves to be in an Indy car. After his first day in a car at Portland this past season, that feeling became even more apparent. His pace, feedback and demeanor inside the car was very impressive for such a young driver.”

As a driver, Carpenter will be VeeKay’s teammate during the five oval races in 2020, once again returning to the team’s No. 20 entry. An announcement on which driver will pilot the No. 20 on the road and street circuits will be made at a later time.

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