Ricciardo was ‘a passenger’ in Sochi shunt

Date published: September 30 2019

Renault expecting a few fireworks between Daniel Ricciardo and Esteban ocon.

Daniel Ricciardo concedes if he had qualified better perhaps he would not have been taken out at Turn 4 on the opening lap of the Russian GP.

Although the Renault driver made it into Q3 on Saturday at the Sochi Autodrom, he was slowest of those inside the top ten.

As such he found himself in the midst of a melee on the opening lap of the Russian GP.

His efforts to move up the order ended in tears as Ricciardo, Romain Grosjean and Antonio Giovinazzi tried to make three go into one.

All three cars were damaged in the scuffle with Grosjean immediately retiring and Ricciardo pitting for new tyres having suffered a puncture.

He would later retire his RS19 as a result of the crash damage.

“Unfortunately, our race was pretty much over from the start,” Ricciardo told his team’s website.

“I had too much damage on the car to carry on, which is a shame.

“I got hit and had a puncture and damage to the floor.

“I’ll look at it with the perspective that if I qualify higher up the grid then I’m less likely to be in the bad stuff.

“I’ll take responsibility for that, but in terms of the accident, I was just a passenger.”

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