Monaco GP: Daniel Ricciardo crashes hard into the barrier bringing out red flag in FP2

Daniel Ricciardo hits the wall at Monaco in FP2 after losing rear grip.

Daniel Ricciardo in FP2
Daniel Ricciardo in FP2

It is hard to imagine a session in Monaco without a red flag being waved by the stewards, and Daniel Ricciardo was the victim in FP2. 

All the teams were running multiple laps in Free Practice 2 at the Monaco Grand Prix on medium tyres (except for Ferrari), when all of a sudden, yellow flags were waved which soon shifted to a red flag, stopping the session immediately. The focus shifted to the McLaren of Daniel Ricciardo who was in the wall, bringing an end to his practice session. 

Sergio Perez was the first one in FP2 to set the fastest lap, while other drivers tried to catch up with the same. Daniel Ricciardo was trying to keep up with his lap times when he had a little oversteer in the second sector of the track, and ultimately hit the wall in the swimming pool area. 

Ricciardo was seen walking out of the car safely after confirming that he was okay on the radio. He ran into his garage to discuss the issues with his engineer.

Both the practice sessions were led by Charles Leclerc in the Ferrari. Many drivers faced issues with porpoising yet again on the track , which also included both the Mercedes cars. 

Mercedes had recently overcome the bouncing issue in Spain but they seemed to have gone through it again in both the practice sessions, making them lose a huge amount of time.

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“Is the car okay?” McLaren engineer worried about the car after Daniel’s crash.

Daniel Ricciardo's MCL36
Daniel Ricciardo’s MCL36

Even though the crash was minimal, team engineers usually ask the driver if they are okay, but the McLaren engineer asked Daniel about the car first, instead of Daniel himself. 

Daniel Ricciardo walked perfectly fine after the crash, afterwhich, his car was lifted off from the crane and the session resumed to normal for Charles Leclerc to take P1, and only a little bit behind him was the Ferrari of Carlos Sainz, followed by both the Red Bulls of Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen. 

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