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.

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