Marshals retrieve Daniel Ricciardo's wing, Albert Park, 2019

Caption Competition 148: Ricciardo’s missing wing

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Daniel Ricciardo’s first race for Renault didn’t go entirely to plan.

Within a few metres of the start he ripped the front wing of his car off when he hit a bump. He later retired from the race due to damage.

Can you come up with the best caption for this picture? Post your funniest suggestion in the comments below.

A selection of the best will feature in a future edition of the RaceFans Round-up.

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  • 121 comments on “Caption Competition 148: Ricciardo’s missing wing”

    1. Red Bull wanted it’s wings back.

      1. @joeypropane – …and the caption competition ended as quickly as it started :)

        1. Seconded.

          I was a little late on this one, but as soon as I saw the photo the same idea occurred to me yours Luke. However, couldn’t have put it better if I tried. Winner for me.

          Have been missing these comps Keith, good to see it make a return.

    2. “I thought they said Red Bull gives you wings…..but what do I know….I’m just a marshal”

    3. Red Bull gives you wings !
      Red Bull takes back its wings!

    4. Melbourne race organizers implement a creative solution to impose track limits.

    5. “Quick lets get this back to the workshop and straighten it out… We can sell it to Williams”

    6. Daniel’s latest statement on why he left Red Bull.

    7. People were resorting to extremes to get around the Surfboard shortage in Melbourne…

    8. Would the crowd please refrain from throwing boomerangs on the track.

    9. Hmmm…if they got rid of outwashing why are they taking DR’s wing out for a wash?

    10. Look what came out from down under!

    11. ♬ “I got it one piece at a time, and it wouldn’t cost me a dime… Well it’s a ’96, ’97, ’98, ’99…” ♬

      1. Very inventive… ;-)

        1. Thanks, mate. Don’t know how many outside the US know that song.

    12. wingman. graphic description.

    13. Something something boomerang.

    14. The BBC announces an Australian reboot of the Chuckle Brothers

    15. Daniel went too far in showing the world that he is not the wingman.

    16. Marshall on the left: I always thought the Bat Mobile was a bit tougher.

    17. Damn josh, it worked, he drove straight into it!

    18. With the reduced outwash effect it’s now a lot easier for the second marshall to follow.

      1. But maybe the first marshall is just checking there is no concrete path which he might have missed during his track walk.

      2. Lol to the first one and no offence you should have left it at that. Good one.

    19. Australia’s National Boomerang Federation takes inspiration from latest FIA regulations regarding increased wing sizes to the extreme.

    20. It took a year for the marshalls to found a long lost Renault’s lego wing and the fans are ecstatic.

    21. Marshall at the back is thinking – ” No way can I get past him with all the turbulence this thing makes!”

    22. “I couldn’t tell you how many little pieces made up the puzzle, the kaleidoscope, but I guess that crash was one of the little pieces,” said Ricciardo on his decision to move to Force India for 2020.

    23. “Fatigue Kills…”Races!

      Australia is plastered with these types of road signs ;)

      1. “Fatigue Kills”…Races!

    24. I didn’t expect this series to come back. I thought it ended for good a few years ago, but glad I was wrong.

    25. georgeboole (@)
      23rd March 2019, 13:22

      Is this the part of the front wing Williams asked us to bring back?

    26. When asked, Daniel Ricciardo said, “right before the lights went out someone said, show them what you can do without wings! I might have gotten carried away…”

    27. Hurry! I’ve already got a buyer on EBAY!

    28. Lenny (@leonardodicappucino)
      23rd March 2019, 14:07

      Marshalls took matters into their own hands to reduce the downforce produced by front wings.

    29. “Daniel, the courier’s arranged for your wing, we just need you to lick the stamp”

    30. Eltjo Nieuwenhuis
      23rd March 2019, 14:08

      Careful for that ditch…

    31. Daniel was hoping for a shoe-y but ended up needing glue-y.

    32. Teams are exaggerating, I only feel 10kg of downforce.

    33. With the new wing close following is possible.

    34. Marty Schneider
      23rd March 2019, 15:58

      Red Bull gives you wings.
      Renault takes them away.

    35. There are no wings left for Ricciardo in the Renault land.

    36. You wing some, you lose one

    37. After John Denver:

      “Bumpy roads, take me home
      To the place I belong
      Near Enstone, Enna’s stone
      Take me home, bumpy roads”

    38. Marshall 1: What do you reckon on this front wing?
      Marshall 2: Yeah, it’s not very good. Too simple. They don’t make them like they used to. I remember picking up a Ferrari front wing one year, that was really classy. Really ornate. Made by a craftsman, someone who knew their trade.

    39. Ricciardo was disappointed that despite his history with the brand, and despite all the slogans, Red Bull would not help replace wing.

      1. *Ricciardo was disappointed that despite his history with the brand, and despite all the slogans, Red Bull would not help replace his wing.

    40. When ask about the irony of having it’s logo displayed on a damaged race car, Action for Road Safety’s spokesman replied, “We hope it underscores to the public that motorsport is inherently dangerous. Racing belongs on the track.”

    41. Ricciardo tweeted he wouldn’t make a flap about his missing wing.

    42. Marshall 1: This one’s a bit banged up. Do you think they’ll want us to throw it into the jumbo bin?
      Marshall 2: I knew a marshall who reckoned they just recycle these things. You’d see a front wing all smashed up and you’d swear it was for the bin, but no, he said a bit of duct tape, a quick dab of paint, and they’ll have it back on the spare parts shelf by lap 20.

    43. Hold your step… watch that badger!

    44. I don’t know why they call it a Drag Reduction System. Sure, it’s light, but soon as you start walking you can tell it’s dragging like crazy. I’m sure that car would be faster without it.

    45. They say these cost a pretty penny. Here, look at that, this one’s got some old damage … oh ho! some duct tape? Hmmmm … I don’t think this one’s going into the jumbo bin just yet.

    46. I asked if we should paint that bit of kerb with fluorescent paint, but no, “She’ll be right, no one’s ever hit it”.

    47. On Lap One, ‘The Grin’ lost his Wing.

    48. It has taken a few years, but finally Jack & Bruce have the final piece required to build their own F1 car, made from nothing but salvaged parts whilst working as Track Marshalls.

    49. Stewart: “I’m pretty sure his smile is as big as this wing”

    50. BTW you all know there is a badger dither available.

    51. Here’s my thoughts, and an old saying!
      “If you can’t soar with the Eagles, don’t fly with the flock”
      good bad or indifferent, that’s my take-away……

    52. After cutting off the Red Wings, the Yellow one was ditched even quicker by Ricciardo.

    53. Unfortunately for Ricciardo his Red Bull contract clearly stated that he wasn’t allowed to take his wings with him so they sent in the bayliffs.

    54. Pat Ruadh (@fullcoursecaution)
      23rd March 2019, 21:36

      Slow down Jeff! Watch out for Robert!

    55. “To me”
      “To you”

      “To me”
      “To you”

    56. Pat Ruadh (@fullcoursecaution)
      23rd March 2019, 21:57

      Ricciardo’s 2019 ambitions had hit a bump in the road

    57. F1 in 2050: “And there we can see a truly minimalistic concept of 2010’s.”

    58. Maybe Boeing can use this on their new 737X to keep it from nose diving into the ground…

      1. Ummm. Sorry, but… -1

    59. The Wright brothers were seen experimenting with a new design to achieve manned flight.

    60. Hey do you have a stamp to lick and send this thing back to Dan?

    61. “… and who’s next to talk to Pete the panel beater … It’s Dan, and he lost a … Front Bumper when he hit a kerb … and wants some ideas on what he can do” “Yeah hi Pete, it’s Dan here, that pretty much sums it up, I’d just pulled away as the lights went out … I mean the lights went Green … and I had to swerve to avoid the car in front of me and ran a little off the track … I mean the road, and the front wing .. I mean front bumper … Hey, what’t the hysterical laughter for?” “Come on Dan, we know who you really are … we won’t tell everyone that you drive a Renault and were seen on the TV news last night … Oh, we seem to have lost Dan. Well, call us back if you want our advice.”

    62. “Where are we taking this mate, didn’t they all pack up?”
      “I don’t know, I’m just going to wing it.”

    63. Marshal: “When the FIA mandated snow removal equipment fitted to every car, never thought we’d be toting Aussie snowplows off the circuit. It feels wrong.”

    64. Daniel’s race ended without a wing or a prayer.

    65. I knew my no deal RBrexit would have consequences but this is ridiculous!

    66. “Jack, run faster. I don’t think we’re getting the aero benefit at this speed.”

    67. “This will make us a tidy sum on eBay.”

    68. A bit of duct tape and a couple of cable ties – we can get that fitted on our commodore pretty quick I reckon mate.

    69. Wes (@flashofsilver)
      24th March 2019, 2:18

      “Ricciardo promises even more overtaking [by rival teams] in 2019.”

    70. “Yeah, snapped right off. He forgot that only Red Bull have flexible front wings.”

    71. Hey! hurry up will ya, we have to get ready for the caption competition pose.

    72. This is a rare sight of a mate being a wingman down under.

    73. Guy on left: ok Jim, I get why we are out in the race track mid race carrying this wing…..We gotta clear the debris……but Jim, why are we moonwalking?

    74. Tug of war! Ready set, go!

    75. Did someone order the smashed avocado?

    76. Daniel (Avacado)doesnt need wings

    77. Renault “doesn’t” gives you wings.

    78. Sigit Prasetyo
      24th March 2019, 6:52

      “Red Bull, Gives You Wings
      Renault, Grass Through Wings”

    79. This will look great on my living room wall…..

    80. Magnus Rubensson (@)
      24th March 2019, 9:14

      Grosjean: “Let go, Pastor! Let gooooo… c’est mon aile!”
      Maldonado: “Buzz off Romain, this is mine! Yours is back there by the Armco. In two parts I might add.”

    81. Derek Edwards
      24th March 2019, 9:38

      We’ve always marshalled together as friends, but you just seem to have become a little more distant since last year…

    82. “Renault lack of pace a little on the nose”

    83. That’s not a wing, this is a wing!

    84. – Danny, if you wanted less downforce you should talk your engineer, that’s the routine at Renault. And no wine before the race next time
      – Oui, monsieur.

    85. The marshals realized that they are going to be on Race Fans caption competition,
      so they started to deligently run away.

    86. Okay it’s drastic, but I’m nobodies wing man.

    87. Time to go on vacation. I heard Las Vegas has the best Pawn Shop in the world.

    88. We’ve got a wing, now we just need a prayer

    89. Where there’s Ricciardo, there’s a smile.

    90. Kenny Campbell
      24th March 2019, 23:32

      Dan, mate, we found your mouthguard

    91. Marshals inspect the performance of the new Renault lawn mower.

    92. RIC quickly regretted telling reporters he was ‘going to wing it’ before the race.

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