F1 Styrian GP: "Desperate" Stroll move should be penalised, says Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo has vented his frustration at a "desperate" overtake by Lance Stroll and believes the Racing Point driver should have been penalised for the manoeuvre during the Styrian Grand Prix

F1 Styrian GP: "Desperate" Stroll move should be penalised, says Ricciardo

The Renault Formula 1 driver had been defending sixth place against Stroll in the closing stages, with McLaren's Lando Norris closing down on the pair, before the Canadian driver dived up the inside at Turn 3 on the penultimate lap which forced both him and Ricciardo off the track.

Ricciardo felt Stroll deserved a penalty for the move but in a post-race FIA stewards investigation no action was taken on the Racing Point driver for the incident.

It meant Stroll held on to seventh place ahead of the Renault driver in eighth (below), which he strongly disagreed with having felt he needed to take action to avoid crashing with the Canadian driver.

"Firstly he didn't really get past, he forced both of us off the track," Ricciardo said to Sky Sports F1.

"I'll always be critical of myself and I should of closed the door but I don't think he was ever making the move so I think it was desperate.

"I think Lando was coming and I think he had to do something otherwise Lando was going to eat him up. I take the apex and we crash, so that is a frustrating end and we lost a position to Lando.

"I think we will get the one back on Stroll, but it still doesn't... it is a bit of a shame to end the race like that.

"The first part was OK, on the mediums we were quite strong, and then on the softs after the pitstop we had a few other issues and then the soft wasn't really working as well as we would have liked.

"But I thought we were doing well to hold off Lance, but then with two laps to go it fell apart a bit."

The race stewards deemed the clash as a racing incident, something Stroll naturally agreed with: "I was catching Ricciardo but I spent the whole second stint really trying to get a good run on him but he was very strong into Turn 1 and out of Turn 1.

"That made it very challenging for me to get by and finally I saw an opportunity. It was a very small one and I went for it. It turned out to be really hectic last lap, but a very exciting for everyone."

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