Pressure is mounting on Daniel Ricciardo to retain his Formula 1 seat, but another poor result in Monaco will not help his cause.
Another race, another finish out of the points for Daniel Ricciardo.
The Australian’s disappointing F1 season continued as he crossed the finish line in 13th position at the Monaco Grand Prix.
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Red Bull’s Sergio Perez won the race after Ferrari completely botched their pit stop strategy and accidentally called out Charles Leclerc too soon.
After crashing in practice and failing to qualify for Q3, Ricciardo started from 14th on the grid.
He was always going to have his work cut out for him starting so far back on a notoriously hard-to-pass track.
Ricciardo was passed early in the race by Pierre Gasly when the AlphaTauri rider found decent pace after switching to intermediate tires in the pouring rain.
Taking to Instagram after the race, Ricciardo penned a provocative message: “Appreciate the fans, the messages and all the love. Not the Monaco I was hoping for but the badger don’t give up.
The result will do little to quell speculation over Ricciardo’s future at McLaren as rumors continue to swirl that he could be cut before his contract expires at the end of 2023.
Pressure is mounting on the 32-year-old to perform, with McLaren boss Zak Brown last week urging him to improve his game and hinting at an exit clause in his contract if his poor showing continues .
Former F1 driver Ralf Schumacher, brother of seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher, said he wouldn’t be surprised if McLaren gave the film to Ricciardo with a year left on his contract.
“At McLaren there are… rumours,” the pundit told Sky Germany.
“The rumours, as well as the statements within the team, are getting louder and louder. He’s just too far away from his teammate (Lando Norris).
“I’m curious what the future looks like for him. It will be quite difficult for him. »
Schumacher said crashes like the one Ricciardo had in training over the weekend could also start playing in his mind.
“If an accident like that happens to him…it will affect him mentally,” he said. “If it stays that way now, I don’t see it at McLaren next year.
“A lot is happening now. It will really start in August or September at the latest.
Former world champion Nico Rosberg says Ricciardo’s woes are exacerbated by teammate Lando Norris’ solid form and he needs to start producing better results.
“Let’s not forget that this weekend the engineers dropped him and gave him a car that was not in the right place and that’s what caused the crash in practice. “, began Rosberg.
“And once you have that, it’s almost impossible to find that rhythm at the weekend here in Monaco. So I think we can let him go this weekend.
“Nevertheless, it’s a difficult situation for Daniel with Zak Brown publicly saying he’s not living up to expectations.
“So it’s very important for Daniel, the next two races to do a very good job.
Norris finished sixth in Monaco in another rock solid performance.
“That’s the most difficult thing for Daniel. Lando, he’s driving at world level. He’s a future world champion. He’s driving incredibly well and it’s all the more difficult in this situation.
Monaco Grand Prix Results
1) Sergio Perez, Red Bull
2) Carlos Sainz, Ferrari
3) Max Verstappen, Red Bull
4) Charles Leclerc, Ferrari
5) George Russell, Mercedes
6) Lando Norris, McLaren
7) Fernando Alonso, Alpine
8) Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
9) Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo
10) Sebastien Vettel, Aston Martin
Originally published as Schumacher’s blunt message for Ricciardo as ‘rumors’ escalate after Monaco mess