Ricciardo: Slow & Steady Won The Race

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‘Slow and steady wins the race’ – Daniel Ricciardo’s win at the 2017 Azerbaijan Grand Prix was the perfect example of this age-old proverb coming to life. Ricciardo, almost the 6th fastest driver (after 2 Ferrari’s, Mercedes’ and Verstappen’s Red Bull Racing car – although the RBRs topped FP1), qualified 10th after a rare shunt in qualifying. His opening laps saw him pick-up on-track debris (not his fault!) that could’ve led to brake issues – prompting Red Bull Racing to call him in for an unscheduled pit-stop; he rejoined the race in 17th place and the rest is history.
In the incident-packed race, Ricciardo managed to stay out of trouble to find himself suddenly leading the race – but not before he pulled off a brilliant tow-aided three car overtake (A Williams and both Force Indias, I think) on the main straight during one of the restarts. The below video perfectly describes Ricciardo’s race.


Ricciardo is an absolute delight on the podium, without a doubt, but Coulthard’s undoing of his shoe (to prompt a shoey) was a bit creepy! I am glad it wasn’t any other piece of his clothing.
Valtteri Bottas’s Mercedes contract for 2018 is already under much speculation – especially when Wolff said that he (Bottas) is in an uncomfortable position. After his early race mistake (where he tagged Raikkonen again), the Finn drove a remarkably good race to clinch P2 literally 100 metres from the finish line. Basis calculations, Bottas would’ve caught Stroll on the last lap, and he did. The tow worked perfectly well in Baku, thankfully!
Finally, Lewis Hamilton lost the race for the most unexpected reason – a lose headrest. The race in Azerbaijan was about a lose head and lose headrest! While fans were upset at Hamilton’s headrest, I am glad Kimi Raikkonen didn’t rejoin the race (after the red flag) without a steering wheel. That would be taking the level of difficulty of the 2017 cars to another level!
9 out of 10 Constructor’s scored points in Azerbaijan and luckily for Mclaren, they weren’t the Constructor that didn’t. There’s more in the video, do tune in.
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Kunal Shah

Kunal Shah is an FIA-accredited Formula 1 journalist who has been reporting on Formula 1 for nearly two decades. He worked with the Force India Formula 1 Team for 6 seasons in Marketing, Sponsorship and Commercial roles. As a former single-seater racer, he was responsible for Force India's grassroots talent program, One from a Billion Hunt. Presently, he co-writes a regular Formula 1 column for Firstpost, speaks on Inside Line F1 Podcast & Pits to Podium and produces broadcast/OTT content for NENT Group (Viasport & Viaplay).

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