Ricciardo moves on from Monaco pit error, has faith in Red Bull

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Daniel Ricciardo says he has “moved on” from the pit mistake made by his Red Bull team that cost him a likely win in the Monaco Grand Prix two weeks ago.

Ricciardo enjoyed a 13-second lead over the field in the early stages of the race in Monaco, and looked set to claim his first win in over a year ahead of making the switch from wet to dry tires.

However, a late change in compound selection meant that his Red Bull pit crew did not have the tires ready for his stop, costing him 10 seconds while he waited for them to be readied.

The result was that Ricciardo emerged from the pits narrowly behind Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, where he would remain until the end of the race.

Ricciardo said on the podium he felt “screwed” and “hurt”, and revealed in Montreal on Thursday that he took a few days away to get over the incident.

“I gave it a few days to cool off. For me it was important to get away for a few days and then address what happened once we’d cooled and settled,” Ricciardo said.

“I spoke to various people in the team and they explained what happened at the time. It was important to hear the explanation and more important to move on from it and make sure it doesn’t happen again.

“They’ve done a lot of things since then, set up some new parameters that will happen during pit stops and before pit stops to ensure these things don’t happen again, and to make sure tires are ready.

“From my side now I’ve moved on. I knew they were going to take it seriously because it was a big disappointment for all of us. I’ve been assured that if we’re in that position again it won’t happen. That’s what I needed and wanted to hear.”

After coming close to winning in both Monaco and Spain, Ricciardo arrives in Canada this weekend hopeful of challenging Hamilton and Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg once again for victory.

“That would be obviously a lovely way to bounce back,” Ricciardo said.

“Let’s see. I think realistically Mercedes are still going to be the ones to beat. I expect we can be the next best. But it’s hard. Ferrari have been there and surprised us sometimes, and been less surprising on other occasions.

“I do believe we’ll be the next ones in line behind Mercedes. How far behind Mercedes? I’m not sure, but hopefully close enough to put some pressure on them.”

Ricciardo admitted that he was surprised by how well Red Bull had fared in the opening third of the season, but lamented the missed opportunities that could have put him in the thick of the title battle.

“Coming into this season, I didn’t expect to be third in the championship after so many races in,” Ricciardo said.

“No points in Russia and could have got more in China without the puncture, and the last two races… we could be very close to the front of the championship right now.

“I’m still not looking at that yet. I’d love to be in a position where I can say in a few races time that we can fight for the title this year.

“I think that would be an unexpected story for F1. I think this race will be telling, if we can be competitive here.

“It’s still a long shot, but if we can be competitive then I believe in myself that I can fight and put myself in a position. Last time in Monaco wasn’t a one-off. I hope we can fight for the rest of the season.”

Starting lineup grid for IMSA Petit Le Mans: Tom Blomqvist puts MSR on pole position

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IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar championship contender Tom Blomqvist put the Meyer Shank Racing Acura at the front of the starting lineup for the Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Road Atlanta.

Blomqvist turned a 1-minute, 8.55-second lap on the 2.54-mile circuit Friday to capture his third pole position for MSR this season. Earl Bamber qualified second in the No. 02 Cadillac for Chip Ganassi Racing.

Ricky Taylor was third in the No. 10 Acura of Wayne Taylor Racing, which enters Saturday’s season finale with a 19-point lead over the No. 60 of Blomqvist and Oliver Jarvis (who will be joined by Helio Castroneves) for the 10-hour race.

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With the pole, MSR sliced the deficit to 14 points behind WTR, which will field the trio of Taylor, Filipe Albuquerque and Brendon Hartley in Saturday’s race.

“We really needed to put the car in this kind of position,” Blomqvist said. “It makes our life a little less stressful tomorrow. It would have given the No. 10 a bit more breathing space. It’s going to be a proper dogfight tomorrow. The guys gave me such a great car. It’s been fantastic this week so far, and it really came alive. I’m hugely thankful to the boys and girls at MSR for giving me the wagon today to execute my job.

“That was a big effort from me. I knew how important it was. It’s just awesome for the guys to give them some sort of reward as well. It’s always nice to be quick. If you do the pole, you know you’ve got a quick car.”

Though WTR has a series-leading four victories with the No. 10, MSR won the Rolex 24 at Daytona and has five runner-up finishes along with its three poles.

The strong performances of the ARX-05s ensure that an Acura will win the final championship in IMSA’s premier Daytona Prototype international (DPi) division, which is being rebranded as Grand Touring Prototype in the move to LMDh cars next season.

Taylor qualified third despite sliding into the Turn 5 gravel during the closing minutes of qualifying while pushing to gain points.

“Qualifying was important for points,” Taylor said. “Going into it, if we outqualified the No. 60 Meyer Shank Acura, they had a lot to lose in terms of championship points. So, we were trying to increase the gap over 20 points which would’ve made a big difference for tomorrow. We would have loved to get the pole and qualify ahead of the No. 60, but in the scheme of the points, it didn’t change a whole lot. I’m feeling good since it’s such a long race, and the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura team does such a good job strategizing and putting us in a good position.

“I’m very confident in our lineup and our team compared to them over the course of 10 hours. I’d put my two teammates up against those guys any day. I think we are all feeling optimistic and strong for tomorrow.”

In other divisions, PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports (LMP2), Riley Motorsports (LMP3), VasserSullivan (GTD Pro) and Paul Miller Racing (GTD) captured pole positions.

The broadcast of the 10-hour race will begin Saturday at 12:10-3 p.m. ET on NBC, moving at 7 p.m. to USA Network. Peacock will have flag-to-flag coverage.


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