Errors again cost a frustrated Daniel Ricciardo at the Canadian Grand Prix, however this time the Australian Formula One driver conceded both he and his team were equally at fault.
The Red Bull driver finished seventh at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve in Montreal, with a bungled pit stop costing him key positions for the third race in a row.
Pitting on the 38th lap, Ricciardo was forced to wait as the team fumbled in fitting the 26-year-old’s front right tyre, leading to the longest stop of the main contenders.
However this time it wasn’t all the pit crew’s fault, with Ricciardo conceding he did little to help his chances.
“I locked a break into turn 13 and damaged the second set of tires I had and then a few of the pit stops and calls were a bit average again,” Ricciardo said.
“We’ve got to clean some things up for Sunday.”
He was also upset that teammate Max Verstappen wasn’t ordered to move aside earlier in the race while he was on quicker tyres.
Ricciardo got off to a strong start, however he found himself caught up behind a tangle involving the two Mercedes teammates in Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton.
The bungle put him behind Verstappen, and while he asked his team for clear air, the younger driver held his ground and did not move aside.
“I think (it made) a pretty big difference,” Ricciardo said.
“But obviously it’s done now – no point saying what could’ve been.”
Ricciardo was infuriated after a bungled pit stop, where the Red Bull team did not have tyres ready, cost him the lead at the prestigious Monaco Grand Prix a fortnight ago.
He also felt team strategy cost him a victory in the Spanish Grand Prix before that, where he led half the race before he was placed on a three-stop strategy.
The result leaves Ricciardo fourth in the championship standings, 44 points behind leader Rosberg, and three points clear of fifth-placed Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen.