The Moment You Knew Daniel Ricciardo's Career Is Stuck In Reverse
How do you symbolise a career that is going backwards?
Run off the circuit at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, then reverse blindly into a competitor as you try to get back on track, as Daniel Ricciardo did this weekend.
Hey, at least Formula 1's social media team could have a giggle about it.
For the Aussie, the crash was no laughing matter. He was sitting in 10th place when trouble struck on lap 31 of the 51-lap race, and was a chance of sneaking into the points.
This is three DNFs now in his first year with Renault, after a highly publicised switch from Red Bull in the off-season. The Renaults don't look up to speed in 2019, but to be frank, nor does Ricciardo.
It's debatable who was at fault in the initial incident here, as Ricciardo and young Russian Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat tussled, and both drivers locked up their steering as they left the course onto a well-placed escape road.
But there was no doubt about who was at fault in the secondary incident where Ricciardo reversed his Renault with about as much skill as a pensioner in the Woollies car park.
"It was a bit of panic, I had no idea he was behind me, I didn't look," Ricciardo said.
While it was big of our Dan to admit fault, he will pay the price, with a three-place grid penalty imposed for the upcoming Spanish Grand Prix on May 12.
And he will surely sleep uneasily until he has the breakthrough result for the French manufacturer which his talent so richly deserves.