Renault has got to the bottom of the strategic error which cost Daniel Ricciardo a strong points finish in the Monaco Grand Prix.
“It’s been addressed and understood,” said Ricciardo. “Basically something closed up the window we had and by the time I got into the pit lane what we thought was going to be pitting into a clear gap was not there anymore.”
“The long and short is they did give me their reasons why they called me in at the time and why it looks like we were going to be safe. But something happened in that bit which changed the calculation. I think we’ll just learn.
“The one thing is even if we would have come out still safe or whatever I think the one thing is track position on a circuit like that you just got to – even if there’s a risk that we might have got overtaken or whatever in the pit – I think we all agree that we need to look after track position.”
Ricciardo said the situation was reminiscent of the manner in which he lost a likely victory in the race to Lewis Hamilton. “It’s like 2016 when Lewis stayed out on the wets and they pitted me on the inters and so I did two extra pit stops, and he stayed in front of me on an extreme set. Track position’s critical on those places.”
Renault was not the only team to cost one of its drivers several places by pitting under the Safety Car. Haas’s Kevin Magnussen also lost out.
“After the race Nico [Hulkenberg] actually [asked] were you fighting with Kevin after the race because he saw us in parc ferme both throwing our hands up,” said Ricciardo. “But we were just both frustrated that we we got the short end of the straw on strategy so.
“I got some points in the end, he didn’t. But obviously when you qualify fifth in Monaco to not get points it’s a tough one.”
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2 comments on “Ricciardo satisfied Renault learned from Monaco strategy error”
7th June 2019, 6:03
Safe from what? What calculation? Sounds like PR smoothing over rubbish to me.
They made the wrong call in that he pitted, and others didn’t, that’s the only calculation that needs to be made in that situation; whether you think the other teams you’re fighting with are going to pit as well, otherwise you’re just throwing away positions.
7th June 2019, 6:27
@skipgamer – agreed. Particularly when he goes on to say he’d prefer track position over pitting:
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