Following an analysis of the pit stop blunder that cost Daniel Ricciardo Monaco Grand Prix victory, Red Bull Formula 1 team principal Christian Horner says the team has put preventative measures in place in an effort to ensure there is no repeat.
Post-race, Horner claimed a misunderstanding triggered by the unusual garage arrangements in Monaco was the root cause behind Ricciardo arriving to find no tires ready for him. The delay in finding the requested super-soft rubber resulted in Ricciardo emerging just behind Lewis Hamilton on track and having to settle for the runner-up spot.
Explaining the investigation that has followed, Horner said: “Having been so close to a Monaco victory, to have lost it in a pitlane miscommunication was absolutely gutting. Inevitably there’s been a huge amount of analysis into what happened, why it happened and also into preventative measures to ensure that it doesn’t happen again.
“With all such things there is never simply one thing that stands out as a root cause. It was the culmination of a number factors that came into play during the race – Max’s [Verstappen] stop, an aborted stop, a change of tire compound.
“All of those things contributed to a scenario where ultimately the tires that were believed to be available were not within the garage, but were in an area that was quite difficult to access and that, of course, led to the tires not being available to Daniel at the point at which he stopped.”
Horner is clear no blame has been apportioned to any member of the team, but he hopes a deeper understanding has emerged to avoid such an incident again.
“Yes, it was hugely frustrating, but afterwards it was never going to be a finger-pointing exercise,” he added. “As I said after the race, we win and we lose together as a team. It’s a question of understanding what went wrong, working as a team to solve the issue and then taking steps to ensure it doesn’t happen again.
“In competitive sport you are always pushing right to the edge and that’s what happened in Monaco. Now we simply need to make sure that robust procedures are put in place to cover any given scenario.”
Horner is hopeful Ricciardo can now focus on the forthcoming races, and not dwell on what might have been.
“You can’t turn the clock back, but you can address what’s coming,” said Horner. “He [Ricciardo] is third in the championship, he’s heading to a venue [in Canada] that holds some fantastic memories for him [with his win in 2014] and hopefully we can again give him a competitive car there.”