McLaren's Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo prior to the Miami Formula One Grand Prix at the Miami International Autodrome in Miami Gardens, Florida, on May 8, 2022. (Photo by Brendan SMIALOWSKI / AFP)
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Another race, another finish out of the points for Daniel Ricciardo, who just can’t take a trick at the moment.

McLaren’s tyre strategy for Daniel Ricciardo was questionable. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
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The Australian finished 13th at the Miami Grand Prix on Monday morning (AEST) to continue his underwhelming start to the F1 season.

 

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won the race to further cut into the championship lead of Charles Leclerc, who finished second ahead of his Ferrari teammate Carlos Sainz.

 

Ricciardo started 14th on the grid after his qualifying disaster on Sunday and made up two places on the opening lap, but it all went downhill after that.

 

 

 

His troubles started early on when he dropped several places before settling into the race in the midfield outside of the championship-points standings.

 

 

 

A tactical blunder to keep him out on the track instead of pitting only made it much worse.

 

 

 

He was the last of the drivers to pit for the first time on lap 32 of the 57-lap race and he put on hard tyres like the rest of the field in the hope of running through to the end of the race.

 

 

 

Martin Brundle said on Sky Sports: “It’s not been McLaren’s best weekend. They just haven’t had the pace on this track”.

 

 

Simone Lazenby said of the pit stop strategy: “All McLaren did was drop him back.

 

 

“Sadly, another race for Daniel Ricciardo to forget”.

 

 

The tyre experiment didn’t work and Ricciardo crossed the finish line in 11th, but his misery didn’t end there.

McLaren’s Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo prior to the Miami Formula One Grand Prix at the Miami International Autodrome in Miami Gardens, Florida, on May 8, 2022. (Photo by Brendan SMIALOWSKI / AFP)

 

Minutes after the race ended, officials handed Ricciardo a five-second time penalty for leaving the track and gaining an advantage, meaning he dropped to P13 behind Lance Stroll and Yuki Tsunoda.

 

 

The cruel penalty rubbed salt in the wound for Ricciardo, who can only take solace from the fact he finished in front of his McLaren teammate Lando Norris, who crashed out of the race.

 

 

Speaking after the race, Ricciardo said: “There were some battles and also moments of fun but it felt like we were defending more than attacking. We were trying our best to hold on.

 

 

“I think in the medium stint we were able to go long at the beginning, but I’m not sure if we were that quick. It felt like we were able to at least keep the tyre going. But then with the hard I just struggled, really struggled to get that going.

 

 

“Towards the end of the race when everything gripped-up, we just couldn’t run with the quicker cars. So, battling hard, and thought I got close to the points there, but it just wasn’t quite enough today.

 

“We’ll keep at it. I think this circuit certainly played to a few of our weaknesses. Lots of long corners, lots of long straights, so we’ve got to work on that, and then hopefully Barcelona will suit us a bit more, so I’m looking forward to that.”

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