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.
Andretti United team names drivers for inaugural Extreme E season
“I’m so excited to join Andretti United Extreme E,” Munnings said in a release. ““I was really intrigued when I first heard about Extreme E, I just knew I had to be involved. The male / female racing partnership is a fantastic and exciting new concept. The season has incredible locations and the racing will be very exciting. It will be a new challenge for the teams and drivers, and I’m so thrilled to be working with such a strong team.
“The championship is a really innovative concept, it’s combining motorsport and science and will produce an important legacy in each race location. Bringing the platform that motorsport has in line with the awareness that the planet needs right now is awesome and a really important message.”
Said Hansen: “Going into the Extreme E will be a new chapter in my career, one that I am extremely excited about. It is something brand new, not only for me, but the whole of motorsport. The format is something
we’ve never seen before. I’m also delighted to be able to carry the message of something bigger – talking about the environment and doing something good for the world – that’s something that really drives me. It’s going to be a big adventure in life to see these locations and I’m going to do my best in carrying this responsibility and hopefully making people aware of the challenges we have in the world, together with our passion for racing.”