Daniel Ricciardo’s defence of the Canadian Grand Prix was reduced to little more than a whimper on Sunday as the Red Bull driver struggled home to 13th place in Montreal.
12 months on from his maiden F1 victory, reality bit Ricciardo hard as he slipped out of the top ten during the race before crossing the line a lap down on race winner Lewis Hamilton.
Speaking to NBCSN’s Will Buxton following the race, the Australian driver admitted that it was “a very dark day” for Red Bull in Canada as Daniil Kvyat scored the team’s only points in ninth place.
In a separate interview, Ricciardo said that he was unsure just why the team was lacking so much pace.
“It’s been a strange weekend for me and I am a little confused about today’s race,” Ricciardo said. “I was lacking pace and we are not sure why. There was nothing that felt especially wrong but we just couldn’t get any pace out of the car.
“I had a few set-up changes compared to Dany but that doesn’t explain the difference in pace. It is something we will look at to understand what the cause was.”
Red Bull will be hoping to bounce back on home soil in two weeks’ time at the Austrian Grand Prix, but with its form fluctuating so greatly in 2015, it is difficult to predict just how the former champion team will fare.