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‘It was a mistake’: Shaken Ricciardo limps away after massive F1 crash in practice – Fox Sports

Fernando Alonso had every reason to raise an eyebrow when Daniel Ricciardo said he could not explain the cause of his high-speed crash in practice for this weekend’s Styrian Grand Prix.

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Just three days after it was confirmed that the two-time champion had agreed to return and succeed the Australian, when he joins McLaren next season, his future car hit the barriers at Turn Nine of the Red Bull Ring.
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Ricciardo spins out in P2
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That first push lap was going quite well, up until Turn 9, said Ricciardo. It was a mistake. It all happened very quickly, so Im not sure what went wrong.
Daniel Ricciardo gets off his car.Source: AFP
I turned in and just lost the car straightaway. I know these things happen with cars and in Formula One, so its not out of the ordinary. Im OK, but I feel bad for the guys.
Ricciardo lost control when his car spun backwards and slammed into the barriers, wrecking much of the rear of the vehicle.
He was able to haul himself out of the cockpit and to limp away through a gravel trap, but he was clearly shaken.
Alonso ‘stronger than ever’
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After a visit to the circuit medical centre, he was passed fit to drive again on Saturday.
His teammate Esteban Ocon had no incidents and wound up 10th at the end of second practice, a session that may be used to decide grid positions if forecast rainstorms on Saturday wash out qualifying.
Max Verstappen topped the times for Red Bull ahead of Mercedes Valtteri Bottas.
The pink Mercedes cars of the Racing Point team were third and fourth with Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll respectively, the pair proving pre-season suggestions that they have a package to make them competitive this season.
Ferrari-bound Carlos Sainz was fifth for McLaren ahead of an out-of-sorts six-time world champion Lewis Hamilton in the second Mercedes.

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