Daniel Ricciardo scolds Lance Stroll over race-ending incident at F1 China Grand Prix

Daniel Ricciardo has been left broken hearted after his China Grand Prix race was ended in horror fashion.

The 34-year-old Aussie was sitting inside the top 10 when Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll thundered into the back of his car.

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As the entire grid bunched up behind the safety car, they all prepared to get back underway when chaos unfolded on the second last corner.

A slight mistake from Fernando Alonso heading into the hairpin caused a devastating ripple effect that saw every driver behind come within a whisker of crashing into the car in front.

For Ricciardo he was the unlucky one in the bunch with Stroll not reacting in time and slamming into the back of the Aussie.

The impact ruined Ricciardo’s Visa CashApp RB and ultimately saw the team retire the car a handful of laps later.

Ricciardo cut a dejected figure as he got out of his car and walked to the back of the team garage before addressing the incident post-race.

“It’s a restart you know we don’t know what the leader is going to do, so you have to be as vigilant as ever and be prepared for any situation,” he said.

“I could see it was bunching up into the hairpin so obviously everyone is backing up, but then how hard he has hit me and basically put half his car under mine, it wasn’t small like a judgement error, he was miles off.

“For that for me there’s obviously no excuse. I think for me what’s frustrating is I watched his onboard and he’s not even looking at me.

“You can see his helmet and he’s looking at the apex of the corner so I don’t know why he’s not looking at the car in front … unless his eyes are doing something funny.

“But it looked like he wasn’t looking at me and I think it shows with how hard he hit me that he was clearly focused on something else.”

Ricciardo had enjoyed a return to form over the course of the weekend and said that once the disappointment of the incident wears off the team will look back on the positive signs.

“I think that’s where right now it’s even more disappointing for us as a team, in the garage, I think everyone feels like it’s kind of another blow to the start of the season,” he said.

“But I think in 48 hours from now when this disappointment starts to fade, we’ll look back on a positive weekend.”

Max Verstappen produced another stellar showing to claim his fourth victory on the season, finishing ahead of Lando Norris and Sergio Perez.

Fellow Australian Oscar Piastri was again in the points, finishing eighth despite dealing with a damaged car late in the race.

The Formula 1 paddock will now head to the United States, with the next race to take place in Miami on May 6.

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