Ricciardo: FP2 crash caused by pushing set-up 'a little too far'


Daniel Ricciardo admits the crash that put an early end to his second practice in Monaco was caused by him going a bit too extreme with the set-up of his MCL36.

Ricciardo kicked off his opening day of running in the Principality with a productive FP1 workout in which he clocked in P7. And the Aussie hit the track later in the afternoon hoping to make further progress.

But it all ended in the barriers as soon as the McLaren driver's first flying lap when he oversteered into the Swimming Pool complex at Turn 13, which put him off line and into the Armco on the left-hand side of the track.

"It was strange. I think if anyone crashes there you normally see on the exit if they take maybe too much kerb in Turn 14 and then lose the car," Ricciardo explained.

"But I already started losing the car pretty much before Turn 13.


"We pushed a little too far probably in a couple areas with the set-up. We had a good morning and obviously you try a few things for FP2 to try and maximise a bit more performance but let's say we overstepped it and you don't know until you try it.

"Obviously, it was my first lap so I couldn't really get much of a read on it obviously, it happened straight away.

"I tried my best to save it, but I couldn't. Obviously, we missed all of the session, but I'm okay. We'll be ready to go tomorrow."

Despite the setback and giving his mechanics a long night, Ricciardo took comfort from his pace in FP1 as well as teammate Lando Norris' fifth fastest lap in FP2 which he believes bodes well for Saturday

"It was fun, I enjoyed this morning," Ricciardo added. "We were always at the pointy end, and I think I had good confidence.

"[The cars are] heavy, they're stiff, the ride is a bit bumpier and for sure less fun in terms of just ... you're really fighting it.

"And with this heat it's very physical but I enjoyed myself in FP1. I'm sorry I missed some running in FP2 because I was looking forward to trying the softs.

"Anyway, tomorrow we have a chance again and I'm sure they'll fix the car tonight and put it in a good place for tomorrow. Lando had a pretty good FP2 by the look of it, so we can bounce back."

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