It’s not often you see Daniel Ricciardo easily overtaken by a rival, but the Red Bull driver was unable to put up a fight for third place in France after his RB14 suffered front-wing damage. That ultimately left his car “wounded”, and ensured the Australian missed out on a podium finish….
A chaotic first lap, where Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas collided, allowed Ricciardo to eventually jump up two places to third behind race leader Lewis Hamilton and team mate Max Verstappen.
However, when the Australian was called in for his only pit stop of the French Grand Prix on Lap 29, the Red Bull engineers discovered parts of his front wing had broken.
Ricciardo's pace severely suffered when he returned to the track, with Kimi Raikkonen able to pass with relative ease late on.
A dejected Ricciardo later revealed the extent to which the damaged front wing had put paid to his hopes of a podium finish at Paul Ricard.
“Yeah, it's disappointing I guess,” he said. “We had a pretty good pace towards the end of that first stint, it seemed we were catching Max and pulling away from Kimi at the time.
“And then when I pitted, the boys said the front-left part of the wing was damaged. They think it happened about two laps before the pit stop – and I started to all of a sudden get quite a lot of understeer. I don’t know if it was a failure or if we hit debris. But that broke.