Aussie Daniel Ricciardo has crashed out of the second practice session at the Styrian Grand Prix after a scary moment.
Ricciardo, who had the ninth fastest time in the first practice session earlier had only come on to set his first time in the second session when on the penultimate corner, he lost the back end of his car, slamming into the tyre barriers hard.
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While the Aussie star appeared shaken up from the crash and limped across the gravel as he got out of the car, his Renault suffered extensive damage.
Ricciardo, who was able to get out of the car gave a sheepish response when asked if he was OK.
“Yep, sorry,” he said on team radio.
The damage was quite extensive as well with a fair crash.
“That‘s a full side, a full gear box, floors, wings,” Di Resta said. ”We haven’t seen an F1 car that bad for a little while have we.”
David Croft agreed that it was “major damage”.
It ended his day early.
Ricciardo wasn‘t able to set a time in the session.
Sky Sports’ Paul Di Resta said it was a common mistake at the corner.
“You lose it early and there‘s just no stopping it,” he said. ”He was committed.
“If you carry too much speed there and you lose the rear …”
Renault posted on social media soon after saying “Update on Daniel: After that impact, he went to the medical centre for a check up. Medical delegate has declared him fit.”
But that could be cold comfort for Ricciardo with potential for the P2 times to decide the grid for the race on Sunday.
With thunderstorms and 32mL of rain tomorrow, the qualifying could be wiped on Saturday while it would be the decision of the race officials whether the qualifying would move to Sunday morning at the expense of other categories.
Croft said for those wondering why the commentators were treating it like it was qualifying, “it’s because the teams are treating it like it’s qualifying”.
The Styrian Grand Prix is a historic weekend with the first time the F1 has raced at the same track two weeks in a row, after the season-opening Austrian Grand Prix last week.
Styria is the state in southeast Austria the Red Bull Ring is situated in and F1 races are required to have a different name for each race on the calendar.
Ricciardo’s 2021 McLaren teammate Lando Norris has also had a tough day copping a three-place grid penalty for overtaking under a yellow flag.
Ultimately, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen finished with the fastest time, while Valtteri Bottas was second ahead of Racing Point’s Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll before McLaren’s Carlos Sainz and Lewis Hamilton in sixth.
In the opening practice session, Racing Point’s Sergio Perez finished ahead of Max Verstappen and both the Mercedes drivers in a shock practice performance.
Ricciardo was back in ninth, while Ferrari continued to struggle with Sebastian Vettel in 10th and Charles Leclerc in 12th.