Ricciardo shamed by McLaren teammate in Monaco

Daniel Ricciardo copped perhaps the lowest moment of his F1 career at the Monaco Grand Prix, with the former winner lapped by younger McLaren teammate Lando Norris.

And to rub it in, the Briton waved to the Australian as he passed by with 25 laps still remaining.

“Getting lapped, might be the first time. I don’t really know what to say,” Ricciardo said.

Norris finished third, while Ricciardo placed 12th, matching the qualifying position that left him upset and bereft of answers the previous day. Ricciardo won Monaco in 2018 but that feels like a lifetime ago.

“I have a tear in my eye here for Daniel Ricciardo,” Sky Sports commentator Martin Brundle said as Norris neared Ricciardo. “That’s an ouch moment isn’t it. It hurts for Daniel Ricciardo.”

Fellow analyst David Croft added: “This livery looks great and McLaren were hoping to see who two cars on the track together on the streets of Monaco, but not like this. Norris laps Ricciardo.”

Ricciardo has struggled to adjust to the McLaren after switching from Renault but his lack of pace in Monaco was a devastating new low.

“This is going to be the most painful night he’s ever going to have in his Formula One career,” former F1 driver Paul di Resta said on Sky Sports.

“Forget that win that was taken away from him here with the pit stop [with Red Bull in 2016], this one to be lapped …

“All to do with qualifying, all to do with where you are in terms of position, his speed wasn’t bad at times during this Grand Prix, but he is not gelling with this car yet. He needs to change technique. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s working a few more days in that simulator trying to master it.”

Ricciardo could not recall having been lapped by a teammate before. It is something that he wants to banish from memory. Meanwhile, the race was won by his old teammate Max Verstappen, the new championship leader, for his former team Red Bull.

“I think the whole weekend was simply just a weekend to forget, for me personally. Obviously car four (Norris) and the rest of the team got a podium and I obviously want to congratulate them and they got it right,” Ricciardo said.

“I don’t even know if we got it wrong, we just never got going. We didn’t really do a crazy different set-up, the cars are, I want to say, nearly identical from a set-up point of view.

“I’m not really trying to be too clever with that either, I’ve got more to learn with this car than Lando does, so I’m not trying to be too different. Trying to follow suit and move forward but just a strange weekend really from the get-go and one to forget.

“I’m probably not going to over-analyse this one, just move forward for Baku and go from there.”

Ricciardo branded the weekend an “anomaly” but he is struggling to keep pace with his teammate on race day.

Norris is now third in the championship on 56 points, trailing only Max Verstappen (105) and Lewis Hamilton (101), while Ricciardo is eighth on just 24 points.

Ricciardo has finished ahead of Norris in just one of five races, the previous round at the Spanish Grand Prix.

Norris completely exceeded expectations for McLaren at Monaco, while Ricciardo slumped to a nightmare result.

“I don’t know what to say, I didn’t think I’d be here today. It’s always a dream to be on the podium here, so it’s extra special,” Norris said.

“I didn’t think was gonna happen but a bit of luck, I want to say some good driving and a good car all weekend.

“We thought it would be one of the toughest weekends we’ve had all season, but it’s turned out into the opposite.”

The man Ricciardo replaced, Carlos Sainz, finished second for Ferrari at Monaco. He commiserated with the Australian post-race, with Ricciardo still befuddled by the McLaren.

“I bumped into Carlos, I don’t know when it was, not too long ago and he said, ‘What do you think? Strange huh?'” Ricciardo said. “I was like, ‘Thanks for telling me’.

“But I feel as if there is a bit of a characteristic with this car that, let’s just say, is a little bit strange. Generally you’ve got a window to work in and you can play inside that area and be fairly OK. And at the moment, this is just a very small window and therefore easy to make mistakes and do something the car doesn’t respond well to.

“I don’t want to keep talking about it because it’s getting old. It’s tricky I guess, it’s tricky.”

The next stop on the F1 calendar is June 4-6 in Azerbaijan, where Ricciardo at least has fond memories. He was a winner there for Red Bull in 2017 though this year, he will simply be searching for any sort of encouraging result.

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