Ricardo slams ‘lame’ rule that left him stuck at Brazil’s restart

Ricardo slams ‘lame’ rule that left him stuck at Brazil’s restart

The Australian was due to retire from the 71-lap race at Interlagos after a tire fell during the mega chicane between Alex Albon and Kevin Magnussen, on the rear wing.

But due to subsequent barrier repairs, the race was soon red flagged to allow the team to make repairs and re-enter Ricciardo into the race. McLaren did the same after Oscar Piastri was collected in the melee.

The Nationals were asked to restart the race from the pit lane instead of starting at the realigned start. Both drivers were also dropped a lap behind the remaining cars.

This is because they both pitted at the end of the first lap when they were expected to retire, while the field continued through the pit lane behind the safety car before the race was eventually stopped.

The FIA ​​Sporting Regulations state: “Any car in its garage at the time the race is suspended will be arranged at the back of the line of cars on the fast track (from the pits) in the order in which it arrived there.

“Any of these cars will be allowed to leave the pit lane when the race resumes but must re-enter the pit lane when the safety car returns and may rejoin the race once the last car has passed through the pit exit after the restart…

“Every lap completed using the procedures will count as a race lap as applicable.”

Daniel Ricciardo, AlphaTauri AT04

Photography: Mark Sutton/Motorsport Images

Daniel Ricciardo, AlphaTauri AT04

But Ricciardo took aim at these “weak” rules that allowed no further “common sense” because he believed he should have been counted as being on the same lap as the rest of the group.

“We were hoping there would be a red flag and we could get back into the race. So, we got to the pits. We heard there was a red flag. The team did a great job fixing the car, so we’re ready,” he said. Ready to go.

“Then they told me that Oscar and I started the lap. All the excitement you have to race again just goes right out of you.

“There was no green flag race course completed. I don’t know how we start the race and then go down.

“This is really frustrating. This is clearly something that is a bit weak in the rules.

He continued: “I guess my argument is that if 15 cars had our problem today, would they start 15 cars in the pit lane and put five cars on the grid? No, they wouldn’t.

“So, for me, I think they can use common sense and be a little bit open-minded. I just hope we can race, and I hope they let us race. It hurts a little bit.”

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