Horner blames cramped garage

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Red Bull team chief Christian Horner has blamed the team’s calamitous pit-stop for Daniel Ricciardo in Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix on the cramped conditions in the team’s pits garage.

He said the bungled stop that Ricciardo claimed cost him victory in the race, won by world champion Lewis Hamilton, was caused by a delay to find the desired tires trapped at the back of the garage.

Horner said they were unable to be ready for the Australian before he arrived in the pits. He apologized on behalf of the team, to the driver, for the blunder.

"Here in Monaco, the pit wall is upstairs and the garage is downstairs," he said. "The tires are on heat both in the garage and behind the garage, and, unfortunately, the set of tires that were called for were not readily to hand.

"They were at the back of the garage.

"There was a scramble as the mechanics originally had the soft tires ready, then, when a change to supersoft was requested, those tires were actually right at the back of the garage. They couldn’t be got to the car in time, which cost probably about 10 seconds in the stop.

"Despite that delay, they came out alongside each other. That showed how quick Daniel’s in-lap had been and how slow Lewis’ out-lap had been.

"So it was gutting for the whole team to lose a victory like that."

Ricciardo dominated the opening laps of the race and was on course to win until the pit-stop muddle.

"As a team, we win together and we lose together," said Horner.

"All we can do is apologize to Daniel and say that we haven’t given him a good enough service, having done a great job with him to get the pole."


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