Daniel Ricciardo was doing so well at the Monaco Grand Prix. He claimed Red Bull’s first pole position since 2013, and his first at Monaco. He managed to keep his lead for much of the Monaco Grand Prix itself, where the narrow street circuit makes passes extremely hard. Then he got hosed by his own pit crew.
As surprising as it is, Lewis Hamilton’s Monaco Grand Prix win on Sunday was his first in Formula One since clinching the 2015 title at Circuit of The Americas in October. But that wasn’t the main story to come out of the race—rather, it was Red Bull Racing’s royal pit-stop screw up with pole sitter Daniel Ricciardo.
The wetter the better at Monaco, where the unusually tight circuit usually leads to a limited number of moves when dry. Lewis Hamilton had the experience to know that the track can’t stay wet forever and had his rubber ready. The younger Australian, Daniel Ricciardo, wasn’t quite so lucky.
What does Daniel Ricciardo credit for his first-ever pole position at the Formula One Monaco Grand Prix and Red Bull’s first pole since 2013? Balls. Big Australian balls, to be exact.
A Mercedes didn’t win the most recent Formula One race—neither of the cars even made it through the opening lap—and a Mercedes won’t sit on pole for this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix. Instead, Daniel Ricciardo took his first-career pole position with the Mercedes teammates right behind him.
Perhaps Formula One should have yellow-flagged the race immediately after that huge melee at the start of the race. Red Bull Racing driver Daniel Ricciardo was leading—something that hasn’t happened in a very long time in a Red Bull—early in the race until a popped tire handed the lead back to Nico Rosberg.
Oh, Red Bull. Never change. Here are the four Red Bull and Scuderia Toro Rosso drivers in perhaps the best press photo of the year. Which beefcake from N*CARS is most worthy of a Tiger Beat centerfold? Please, caption away.
Red Bull Racing’s Daniel “Honey Badger” Ricciardo is one of the most lovable goofballs in motor racing. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look he gave French broadcasters Canal+ into the Formula One paddock at the Russian Grand Prix wherein he messes with anyone and everyone he can, because he can.
Here we see the Shuriken Sentai Ninninjyaa — fighters in lots of spandex and crazy helmets — trying to teach a guy who drives around in lots of nomex and crazy helmets something. What are these dudes trying to teach Formula One’s Daniel Ricciardo?
As if getting pwned by their own unreliable Renault power units all year long wasn’t enough, Red Bull sent its Formula One drivers to compete in some sumo wrestling ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix. Big surprise: Sumo Dude wins.
A sudden power failure forced Daniel Ricciardo to pull over in a precarious position on track, bringing about a virtual safety car period mid-way through the Belgian Grand Prix. Sky Sports’ commentators suggested that the marshal was telling him to put the car in neutral, giving us this gem of a screenshot.
Nope. Formula One driver Daniel Ricciardo’s Infiniti Red Bull Racing car at least made it to the end this time, but not before the engine exploded into a huge cloud of smoke at the very end.
The best part of Daniel Ricciardo's fastest-ever lap in Top Gear's Suzuki Liana was this wonderful turn-in slide.
Hey, Lewis Hamilton: while you're getting ready to fire off sad tweets about your hot ex-girlfriend, Daniel Ricciardo is coming for your ass, starting with your Top Gear "Star in a Reasonably Priced Car" record.
[MILTON KEYNES, ENGLAND - JANUARY 27: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Infiniti Red Bull Racing sledges down the slalom slope with members of the media during the Red Bull Racing - Meet the 2015 Drivers event at the Milton Keynes SnoZone on January 27, 2015 in Milton Keynes, England.]
The FIA had to nominate just one moment from this year's F1 season for their Action of the Year vote, and it's no surprise they chose an overtake from Daniel Ricciardo. There's something interesting about the particular pass they picked, though.
Poor Daniel Ricciardo. His Infiniti Red Bull Racing car retired with 30 laps to go in the Brazilian Grand Prix. Watch that left wheel. Also, watch that suspension bar that, uh, doesn't look particularly attached over there.
With the demise of Jordan Taylor's groovy mullet, Daniel Ricciardo has graciously stepped in to fill the "racing drivers with 70s hairdos" void. Look at those sweet mutton chops. Look at them. Look at them and weep tears of joy.