“It’s a shame, obviously one of those races where there’s so much available from an opportunity point of view,” he said. “And at one point I was looking at the exit of Turn 1 in second, thinking like, we’ve done all right here, and then Stroll went into Leclerc, who then obviously went into me. Maybe it would have been easier if the race was done then, then less painful for everyone…”
He managed to get going and was able to return to the pits after the red flag. Norris was unable to continue after contact with Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen left his car hobbled, but the McLaren crew was at least able to patch up Ricciardo’s machine.
“We tried, obviously, we tried. The team did the best they could to fix what they could. But the red flag, there wasn’t enough time to take the floor off and try to fix that. I think Lando had quite a bit as well. So they tried with him to change the floor and all that. But with us, bit of tape and a bit of make-up, but it just wasn’t enough to allow us to attack.”
On a day when points were there to be collected he struggled home in 12th place, and even the disqualification of Sebastian Vettel didn’t help.
“We were able to kind of hang on the edge of the points all race. But anytime I got close, we lost so much more grip and downforce. And it was tricky. I know I don’t stand here alone today with the frustration of someone else’s mistake.