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Ricciardo unable to explain French GP pace drop

Daniel Ricciardo is still at odds over why he suddenly leaked pace at Paul Ricard



Daniel Ricciardo, pictured here before the French Grand Prix, lost third position in the race after losing a significant chunk of performance due to front-wing damage.

Daniel Ricciardo has been left unable to explain his sudden drop in pace during the French Grand Prix, which left him defenceless against Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen whilst fighting for the final podium spot.

The Red Bull driver struggled for pace during his second stint but explained to media post-race that he took on heavy front-wing damage just laps after his pitstop.

“Because of the damage we had less downforce, the car was understeering, and the tyres were suffering,” Ricciardo said.


Photos of Ricciardo’s wing revealed that the entire top element of the flap structure was missing for the last twenty laps of Sunday’s race, and Ricciardo is still unsure if debris or a general failure caused the parts to dislodge.

Steven Walton is an 18-year-old Journalism Student at the Ara Institute of Canterbury. He previously attended St Andrew's College in Christchurch, where he excelled at History and Classical Studies. Steven is the Editor-in-Chief at Green Flag F1 and spends most of his days living, breathing, and immersing in the Formula 1 world.

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