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Ricciardo’s new low as F1 makes chaotic return

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With teammate Lando Norris in 15th, McLaren’s misery ran across the board.It capped a poor weekend for all involved with Ricciardo only qualifying in 18th and the team left with a lot of question to answer. And fast.“Obviously we’re comparing to the tailend of the field so maybe those strengths don’t apply to the frontrunners,” he said.“Obviously we’re not where we want to be but we just have to work, figure it out and try and improve as quick as possible.”Norris said the team is “a long way off the pace”.“We’ve just got a lot of work to do quite simply. There’s not too many things to say,” Norris said. “Obviously we can make a few of those corrections.“There are still lot of the positives we got, just sadly, more negatives than positives.“So it’s just about time and working on them. And I think now we understand them more than ever. It’s simply about putting them into action.“But again, it’s not an overnight job, it’s not something that we’re going to turn up tomorrow and be amazing, or turn up to Saudi and be amazing. But it will take time, and they’re going to be working hard to try and make this those improvements.”It was better news for Ferrari however who, for the first time in almost three years, look to have a car that could challenge for a title.Charles Leclerc won a dramatic race after reigning champion Max Verstappen was forced out with an electrical issue two laps before the end.Carlos Sainz made it a Ferrari one-two while Lewis Hamilton snatched third place for Mercedes after Sergio Perez added to Red Bull’s disastrous day by spinning out of the race on the last lap.George Russell, in his first race since replacing Valtteri Bottas at Mercedes, took fourth place to give Mercedes a score of 27 points that they could not have dreamed of in the middle of the race.WHO SAW HAAS COMING?There was also a remarkable outcome for the Haas team, which got no points last season, only to see Kevin Magnussen, who has replaced Russian driver Nikita Mazepin as a result of the invasion of Ukraine, finish fifth in his first race since 2020.For Leclerc, who started the race on pole and faced a battle for the lead with Verstappen in the opening laps, it was pure delight.The man from Monaco told his team over the radio: “That’s exactly how we should start the season. One-two baby, one-two. Mamma mia.” Once the race trophy was in his hands, Leclerc said: “I’m so happy. We knew this was a big opportunity for the team and the guys have done an incredible job building into amazing car.“A one-two today with Carlos – we couldn’t hope for better. It’s incredible to be back at the top.” Leclerc had started on pole and in a furious early part of the race, he exchanged the lead with Verstappen several times under the floodlights in the Gulf.By lap 37 of 57, Leclerc’s lead was 2.3 seconds and Verstappen was arguing with his own team over their instructions from the pit lane.The race was disrupted when the safety car came out on the 51st lap after Pierre Gasly had to jump out of his Alpha Tauri before it burst into flames.When racing resumed, Sainz attacked Verstappen for second place but the Dutchman’s race ended in bitter disappointment as he appeared to lose all power on the 55th lap and had to limp into the pits without a point.While Christian Horner and his Red Bull team were digesting the champion’s failure to finish, Perez suddenly spun and came to a halt, apparently due to a mechanical issue.That allowed seven-time champion Hamilton to help himself to third place. “A big, big congratulations to Ferrari, it’s so good to see them doing well again,” said Hamilton.“It was such a difficult race – we’ve struggled throughout practice and this was the best result we could hope for. We’re grateful for these points,” Hamilton said.WHAT HAPPENED TO RED BULL?Both Red Bull drivers retired but perhaps of more concern is that three out of four cars with a Red Bull power unit endured engine problems.After just four laps, Verstappen told his team that he was having problems saying ”engine breaking is doing funny things mid corner.”Eight laps later it seemed the situation was escalating as he told his team he had “zero traction”.By lap 37 of 57, Verstappen was arguing with his own team over their instructions from the pit lane and Leclerc had extended his lead to 2.3 seconds.The race was disrupted when the safety car came out on the 51st lap after Pierre Gasly had to jump out of his AlphaTauri before it burst into flames.When racing resumed, Sainz attacked Verstappen for second place but the Dutchman’s race ended in bitter disappointment as he appeared to lose all power on the 55th lap and had to limp into the pits without a point.“It was very hard out there, a lot of different issues we had to deal with and this is of course what you don’t what to have on the first race weekend,” said Verstappen.“It was not great today, we didn’t show what we could do for whatever reason but there is potential. We’ve already lost a lot of points in this weekend, that’s really not good.” While Christian Horner and his Red Bull team were digesting the champion’s failure to finish, Perez suddenly spun and came to a halt, apparently due to engine failure.“It looks like a similar issue on both cars. We don’t know exactly what it is yet… but we’ve got to get into it and understand exactly what caused it,” Red Bull team principal Christian Horner told Sky Sports.“It was a brutal finish to that race for us. What looked like a decent haul of points for us evaporated in the last couple of laps there.”FAN FURY WITH F1 CHANGESPlenty of new rules have come in this season but it was something away from the track that fired up fans on the opening weekend.The old phrase “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” comes to mind.Organisers of the world feed have introduce new on screen graphics this season – and let’s just say, you’ll have a hard time finding someone that likes them -if you can see them that is.They were MIA for the first seven laps of the race and then you’d be forgiven for feeling like you needed a magnifying glass to read them once they did appear.F1 broadcasters have always been at the forefront of in-race data presentation, but they’ve hit a bum note in 2022 with viewers struggling to see what is displayed and the colour coding causing issues.“Honestly the way the new F1 graphics are being done is horrendous. Displaying irrelevant and wrong info, and now timings completely hidden during the middle of the race. How was this approved,” one fan wrote.Another said: “Whoever is running the #f1 On screen graphics needs to be sacked.”The new design has seen tyre type and sector times removed.HOW THEY FINISHED1. Charles Leclerc (MON/Ferrari) 1hr 37:33.584, 2. Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP/Ferrari) at 5.598sec, 3. Lewis Hamilton (GBR/Mercedes) 9.675, 4. George Russell (GBR/Mercedes) 11.211, 5. Kevin Magnussen (DEN/Haas-Ferrari) 14.754, 6. Valtteri Bottas (FIN/Alfa Romeo-Ferrari) 16.119, 7. Esteban Ocon (FRA/Alpine-Renault) 19.423, 8. Yuki Tsunoda (JPN/AlphaTauri-Red Bull) 20.386, 9. Fernando Alonso (ESP/Alpine-Renault) 22.390, 10. Zhou Guanyu (CHN/Alfa Romeo-Ferrari) 23.064, 11. Mick Schumacher (GER/Haas-Ferrari) 32.574, 12. Lance Stroll (CAN/Aston Martin-Mercedes) 45.873, 13. Alexander Albon (THA/Williams-Mercedes) 53.932, 14. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS/McLaren-Mercedes) 54.975, 15. Lando Norris (GBR/McLaren-Mercedes) 56.335, 16. Nicholas Latifi (CAN/Williams-Mercedes) 1:01.795, 17. Nico Hulkenberg (GER/Aston Martin-Mercedes) 1:03.829, 18. Sergio Perez (MEX/Red Bull) 1 lap, 19. Max Verstappen (NED/Red Bull) 3 laps Fastest lap: Charles Leclerc (MON/Ferrari) 1:34.570 on lap 51Retirements: Pierre Gasly (FRA/AlphaTauri-Red Bull, lap 45), Max Verstappen (NED/Red Bull, lap 55), Sergio Perez (MEX/Red Bull, lap 57)World championship standings (after 1 of 22 races): Drivers 1. Charles Leclerc (MON) 26 pts, 2. Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP) 18, 3. Lewis Hamilton (GBR) 15, 4. George Russell (GBR) 12, 5. Kevin Magnussen (DEN) 10, 6. Valtteri Bottas (FIN) 8, 7. Esteban Ocon (FRA) 6, 8. Yuki Tsunoda (JPN) 4, 9. Fernando Alonso (ESP) 2, 10. Zhou Guanyu (CHN) 1, 11. Mick Schumacher (GER) 0, 12. Lance Stroll (CAN) 0, 13. Alexander Albon (THA) 0, 14. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) 0, 15. Lando Norris (GBR) 0, 16. Nicholas Latifi (CAN) 0, 17. Nico Hulkenberg (GER) 0, 18. Sergio Perez (MEX) 0, 19. Max Verstappen (NED) 0, 20. Pierre Gasly (FRA) 0Constructors 1. Ferrari 44 pts, 2. Mercedes 27, 3. Haas-Ferrari 10, 4. Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 9, 5. Alpine-Renault 8, 6. AlphaTauri-Red Bull 4, 7. Aston Martin-Mercedes 0, 8. Williams-Mercedes 0, 9. McLaren-Mercedes 0, 10. Red Bull

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