Ricciardo reflects on “a very dark day” in Montreal (VIDEO)

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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.

MotoGP points leader Fabio Quartararo scores third win of season

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Fabio Quartararo won the Catalan Grand Prix, recapturing the MotoGP points lead and his championship momentum Sunday with his third victory of the season.

Quartararo, who opened the season with his first two career victories in the premier series, took his first checkered flag in two months by winning at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya aboard his Petronas Yamaha SRT.

The French rider opened an eight-point lead (108-100) over Joan Mir, who finished second Sunday. Alex Rins was third.

After winning the previous race, Maverick Vinales slipped to 18 points behind Quartararo after a ninth-place finish.

Andrea Dovizioso was the points leader entering the race but crashed his Ducati in the second turn and placed last. Dovizioso fell three spots to fourth in the championship rankings, 24 points behind Fabio Quartararo in MotoGP.