Sunday, 10 juny 2018, 15:45 , by Paul Macdonald
Daniel Ricciardo had to be informed by Sky Sports that he had not collected the fastest lap at the Canadian Grand Prix because a mistake with the chequered flag meant that his quicksilver lap 70 will not count in the record books.
The race was officially cut short because the flag was waved by model Winnie Harlow a lap early, causing confusion at the circuit.
Fortunately, none of the positions were negatively impacted by the mistake, but Ricciardo thought that his final lap of the circuit, lap 70, had been the fastest of the day, only to discover that his effort was declared void.
Speaking to Sky Sports, he was informed that team-mate Max Verstappen had recorded the quickest time, to which he responded with surprise, saying, "C'mon guys, can we check this again, I'm pretty sure I won!' before being told the bad news.
When asked to assess the condition of his engine - which may need changed ahead of the France GP in two weeks - the Aussie said: "I guess we'll discuss in the post-race debrief. I'm pretty happy we got it through the full race weekend. But we know it'll bite us soon.
"We had an engine upgrade this weekend and my car struggled more with drivability, and it could have been better. That would explain some of the inconsistency, but Max was also driving really well too.
Ricciardo was also asked about his driver's championship chances, given he finished ahead of Lewis Hamilton in the race, and whether he needs to improve his qualifying on Saturdays in order to truly challenge.
He added: "I think that's fair. This is normally a real strong track for Mercedes, and for us to take a few points away and it gives us a lot of encouragement."
WATCH: @DanielRicciardo’s face when he finds out his fastest lap didn’t count because of the early chequered flag and that it went to @Max33Verstappen ????????????— Sky Sports F1 ???? (@SkySportsF1) June 10, 2018
Poor Daniel ????????????
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