Red Bull Racing will implement “robust procedures” to ensure there is no repeat of the messy pitstop which cost Daniel Ricciardo victory in Monaco.
Red Bull missed out on a rare direct defeat of Mercedes in the recent Monaco Grand Prix when tyres for Ricciardo were not ready for his arrival in the pit lane. The Aussie driver has been stopped for 15 seconds while coming for a standard pitstop.
Today, Red Bull F1 team is taking preventive measures to ensure that the issues experienced by Ricciardo at the Monaco GP do not happen again.
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has made the announcement this week after a thorough analysis has unfolded in response to a defeat that left within Red Bull “thoroughly deflated”. Horner said that a communication failure triggered by the unusual garage arrangements in Monaco was the main cause of Ricciardo’ messy stop, which he made a pitstop but find no tyres ready for him.
Ricciardo’s pitstop has stretched out to an agonising 13.6 seconds, giving Mercedes enough time to take the lead. The delay in finding the needed supersoft tyres has resulted in serious trouble for the team. It caused Ricciardo and team a spectacular victory in Monaco. By the time Ricciardo emerged from the pitlane he already lost crucial time and pole position to rival Lewis Hamilton. Ricciardo has no choice but to settle for the runner-up spot.
Horner made it clear that no blame has been apportioned to any member of the Red Bull team, but hopes for a better understanding and communications to avoid a repeat of such incident.
Explaining the investigation that has followed, Horner clear statement:
“Yes, it was hugely frustrating, but afterwards, it was never going to be a finger-pointing exercise. As I said after the race, we win and we lose together as a team. It’s a question of understanding what went wrong, working as a team to solve the issue and then taking steps to ensure it doesn’t happen again.
“In competitive sport you are always pushing right to the edge and that’s what happened in Monaco. Now we simply need to make sure that robust procedures are put in place to cover any given scenario,” Horner said in a statement, via the SkySports.
Ricciardo has finished the race in second place as a result, while Mercedes’ Max Verstappen has crashed out in the race for the second year in a row.
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