The unadulterated delight Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo displayed after winning in Monaco was entirely understandable. After finally claiming the Monte Carlo victory he so desperately wanted, riding a wave of ecstatic emotion was wholly deserved. This week at the Canadian Grand Prix, however, the Australian will be brought back to earth with a painful reminder of the realities of Formula One. He will doubtless still be grinning but likely through gritted teeth in Montreal.
Ricciardo’s joy in Monaco came in the redemption he had sought after a pit‑stop error by the team cost him a win in 2016. He also did it against the odds. When his MGU-K gave out he was leading but spent the remaining 65% of the race 161bhp down on the pursuing Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton. The race was no thriller but Ricciardo’s achievement in managing a partly crippled car and this most demanding of tracks with flawless precision could only be admired.
Written by Giles Richards
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2018/jun/07/rules-daniel-ricciardo-no-chance-canada-monaco-f1 under the title “F1 rules give Daniel Ricciardo no chance in Canada despite Monaco victory”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.