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Daniel Ricciardo

Ricciardo left to rue 'tough' Monaco weekend as criticisms escalate

McLaren's Daniel Ricciardo has admitted that he simply wasn't quick enough over the Monaco Grand Prix weekend, as rumours about his future swirl.

Ricciardo Monaco
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Daniel Ricciardo has been reflecting on what proved to be a challenging weekend at the Monaco Grand Prix, having finished the race in 13th place after lining up on the grid in 14th.

The Australian driver had a largely anonymous afternoon at the venue where he claimed his most famous victory back in 2018, and was one of the drivers that Pierre Gasly managed to overtake during the early stages of the race as the AlphaTauri driver explored the Intermediate tyres.

Finishing outside the points on a day where teammate Lando Norris claimed P6, Ricciardo was circumspect about how his weekend had played out following his hefty crash on Friday.

"We knew today [Sunday] was going to be tough, obviously being Monaco," Ricciardo said afterward.

"Results are heavily based on qualifying so yesterday [Saturday] really shaped the weekend.

"I think when we saw the rain come that was quite a surprise, just how quickly and heavy it came.

"We thought maybe there was some opportunity there – but yeah, obviously everyone kind of ended up filling into similar strategies.

"In any case, we ultimately just weren’t quick enough this weekend. So not much more to say. I would have loved to have put a bit more of a show on – but that wraps up the weekend."

Ricciardo explains qualifying struggles

Having been knocked out in Q2 with a time seven-tenths slower than what Norris managed, Ricciardo explained why he hadn't been able to make the same step forward in pace from Q1.

"I was just trying to get back into the flow of it in FP3, and then we made a few set-up changes for qualifying," he said.

"Q1 felt a bit more competitive, and I think we did some decent laps. There were a couple of mistakes here and there, but I felt like the pace was in it at the time.

"And then Q2, when everyone was able to make that step, I struggled to get more out of the car and felt I was at the limit."

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