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Monaco GP: Daniel Ricciardo still hurt, and not sure how to move on from a devastating Monaco GP loss

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Red Bull Formula 1 driver Daniel Ricciardo has admitted that he was hurt by the recent Monaco race and still not sure how to move on from the disappointment of losing the Monaco Grand Prix, due to a pitstop error.

Ricciardo lost his race advantage to eventual winner Lewis Hamilton when the Red Bull team did not have the right set of tyres ready at his second pitstop. Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton has won that race but had to thank rival Red Bull for handling that great opportunity as Ricciardo suffered a pitstop error that cost him a win in Monaco.

The Red Bull driver was livid with his own team after a messy pitstop, which robbed him of a likely maiden victory in the street of Monte Carlo, in Monaco. Ricciardo was hurt and later said after the race that he felt being screwed for the second grand prix in succession after his strategy took him out of victory contention in the recent Spanish race. Ricciardo also added that the second blow, the Monaco race, was even harder to take.

Ricciardo dominated the opening stages of the Monaco race, having taken the pole position and extended his lead over the Mercedes duo, Lewis Hamilton, and Nico Rosberg, to over 12 seconds.

But when rival Mercedes (Hamilton) pitted to switch to ultrasoft tyres, Red Bull responded by choosing to pit Ricciardo on the next lap. Having already planned to change to new soft, the crew made a last-minute change: to switch Ricciardo to the used supersoft set that he had used from Q2.

Unfortunately, the Red Bull crews were still not ready for the Aussie’s stop and the pitstop has stretched out to an agonizing 13.6 seconds, giving Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton the lead it’s looking for. When Ricciardo emerged from the pitlane he already lost crucial time and pole position to Lewis Hamilton. Ricciardo has no choice but to follow the leading Hamilton home until the chequered flag.

Speaking with reporters after the race about the messy pit stop that ended his hopes of winning the highly prestigious Monaco Grand Prix.

“It hurts. This one hurts a lot. More than any other,” Ricciardo said in a statement, via the Fox Sports.

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