The Australian had an issue with the proper hand clutch paddle that he usually makes use of, and was solely in a position to get going after the staff instructed him to change to the unfamiliar left.
Ricciardo says the incident will lead him to observe extra with the left paddle in case an analogous state of affairs occurs once more.
All F1 steering wheels have a twin clutch paddle association, with drivers at all times utilizing one facet besides in distinctive circumstances.
Onboard footage from Sunday’s race reveals that after he stopped on the grid and realising that he had an issue Ricciardo frantically tried varied controls on the wheel earlier than waving his left arm to warn officers that he had an issue – a sign that would have led to a delayed begin.
Begin of the Dutch GP
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He stated to his staff “I can’t get first gear,” and “it went into anti-stall.” His engineer instantly replied, “left hand launch, left hand launch.” Having stopped waving Ricciardo was then in a position to get away safely when the lights went out.
“There have been some hectic moments on the beginning,” he stated when requested by Autosport. “We’ve two clutch paddles, and you’ve got your most popular one, and clearly when you’re right-handed, you most likely select the proper hand to do a begin. And that one selected to not work.
“So I used to be on the grid stressing, as a result of it wasn’t partaking. So I assumed I had a gearbox downside. I used to be waving my arms pondering I would should get pulled off the grid. After which I attempted the left one, pulled first and it labored.
“So I used to be making an attempt to determine the way to do a begin with my left hand. I used to be ready for a reasonably poor begin.”
Requested if he would now observe extra with the left clutch paddle Ricciardo stated: “I ought to. I feel Monaco, you are pressured to do it exiting the pits, since you’re turning the opposite manner. So it is simpler together with your left hand, like to show the wheel. However I am going to observe a number of extra occasions!”
When the race acquired underway George Russell acquired previous him on the run all the way down to Flip 1, and Lance Stroll drew alongside on the exit, and nearly made it by.
Nonetheless Ricciardo managed to get again forward of each at Flip 3, and later within the lap he handed Antonio Giovinazzi’s Alfa Romeo for ninth and a internet achieve of 1 place.
“As anticipated, Russell acquired me right away,” he stated. “However really, I managed to get him again. After which Giovinazzi as effectively, I feel in Flip 7. So I gained a place on that one, after I thought I used to be going to lose many. In order that was enjoyable, in a manner.”
Later within the race Ricciardo had a battle with Sergio Perez having been instructed to carry the Mexican up in an try to assist staff mate Lando Norris. He finally completed out of the factors in eleventh place, simply behind Norris.
“With Perez, I attempted to carry on,” he stated. “However he was fast. I imply in hindsight I most likely may have run him off the observe. However I feel it was a matter of time till he acquired round. So yeah, that was it.
“We tried a technique to as an example assist the staff, assist Lando out with that. I feel we tried. Merely I do not assume it labored. So we’ll clearly attempt to analyse that now, and see what we may have executed higher.”