In what seems to be the emergence of a disturbing trend in motorsport racing, Aussie driver Daniel Ricciardo was left stranded in the pits during the Grand Prix of Monaco when he made a stop on the 32nd lap of the race, only to find that his crew had neglected to supply the pit with fresh tyres.
The error cost him seven seconds, which would be 49 seconds in dog time, but in racing, more or less amounts to an eternity.
When he was finally able to resume his job of driving the Red Bull F1 with the enhanced Renault engine that has made the car far more competitive, he was in second place behind Lewis Hamilton and his AMG Petronas Mercedes. Chasing an Englishman is the ultimate insult to injury scenario.
Ricciardo’s team had to contend over the next several minutes with a severe case of road-rage that featured some profanity laced radio communications fueled by the ongoing saga of misfortune that has characterised the season to this point. He has had to endure punctures in China and Spain, collisions in Bahrain and Russia and his crew putting tyres from the family sedan on his car in Sochi.