Daniel Ricciardo revealed Red Bull have made changes to their pit stop and strategy procedures after he questioned two decisions which potentially cost him victory in Monaco.
While much attention focused on Ricciardo’s disastrous second pit stop in Monaco, when the team did not have a set of tyres ready for him, the Red Bull driver also wanted answers over their decision to pit earlier in the race.
“Everyone highlighted the second pit stop, which was where effectively we lost the race,” said Ricciardo in today’s FIA press conference, “but I questioned the first pit stop as well because that was the one already when I came out behind Lewis I was like, ‘we’ve put ourselves in a race know with Lewis which we didn’t have to be in’.”
“I just wanted to make sure the first pit stop was being addressed as heavily as the second one.”
Ricciardo said his race engineer Simon Rennie acknowledged the team had also made a mistake with his first pit stop. Red Bull have made changes to prevent similar errors happening again.
“There’s going to be some new software that’s put in for strategy now and some live stuff during the race that can obviously make us more prepared and if there are some late calls again, to make sure everything’s put in place.”
“I had plenty of questions to ask but they answered them with confidence and that’s all I needed to hear,” he added.
Ricciardo confirmed the delay during his second pit stop was caused because the team made a late call to put a different set of tyres on his car after seeing Lewis Hamilton’s pit stop. The cramped Monaco garages made it difficult for his crew to swap the tyres.
“I think the nature of the pits and everything in Monaco does make it harder to move around,” said Ricciardo. “Whether it would have been a different story at another track I’m not sure.”
“I think it came down to a late call, a late change of heart. Basically after the team saw what tyres Lewis had put on they decided to change the decision. We were always intending on using one compound and once they saw Lewis go to the ultra-sort, which I think the team probably expected him to use the ultra-soft, then it got them thinking and it was all a bit last-minute.”
“Whether a last-minute call at Barcelona would have allowed that to happened more fluently I’m not sure. I think the call was just a bit rushed and with Monaco being what it is it was probably a bit chaotic for the circumstances. It probably all added up: the small garage, the intensity of the whole weekend and that track and what it does probably didn’t help.”
Ricciardo’s frustrating four races
The Monaco Grand Prix was the second race in a row where Ricciardo potentially lost victory due to a strategy decision by his team. He said he needed to “keep some distance for a few days” after the race.
“For myself as well I think it probably wasn’t healthy to just address it straight away,” said Ricciardo. “For a few days I was upset and obviously ruing some missed opportunities.”
“But it’s one of those things, it happens. It’s unfortunate it happens back-to-back that expanded the feelings and the emotion a lot more. But I’ve moved on. I’ve still obviously got a lot of faith in the team and I don’t doubt things with them moving forwards.”
“For me it’s obviously really important to execute a perfect weekend from my side and the team’s side and get back on-track. We’ve got a good car, we’ve got good material, just try and really maximise it. ”
“The last four weeks I’ve left Sunday feeling like I should have got more. This weekend it’s really just to try and leave Sunday knowing that we’ve maximised everything from both sides.”
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