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But the real drama was in the midfield after Ricciardo went from sixth to eighth in controversial scenes late in the race.
The Aussie superstar defended sixth place against Stroll at the end of the race on Sunday, with McLaren’s Lando Norris suspending the pair.
On lap 70, Canadian driver Stroll appeared inside of Turn 3 and forced both him and Ricciardo off the track.
Ricciardo considered that Stroll deserved a penalty for the opposition, but in an FIA race manager investigation after the race, no action was taken against the Racing Point driver for the incident.
Ricciardo did not agree strongly with the result, having felt that he needed to take action to avoid crashing with the Canadian driver.
“I will always be critical of myself and I should have closed the door but I don’t think he ever moved so I think it was desperate.
“I think Lando came and I think he had to do something else Lando would eat him up. I take the lead and we crash, so it’s a frustrating end and we lost a position to Lando.
“I think we will come back on Stroll, but it still doesn’t … it’s a bit of a shame to finish the competition like that.”
Race managers saw the collision as a competition event, something Stroll agreed with.
“I caught Ricciardo but I spent the whole second step to really try to get a good run at him but he was very strong in turn 1 and out of turn 1,” he said.
“It made it very challenging for me to come by. And finally I saw an opportunity, it was a very small one and I went for it. It turned out to be really hectic last lap, but very exciting for everyone.”
Daniel Ricciardo and Lance Stroll in action at the Styrian Grand Prix. (Photo by Mark Thompson / Getty Images)
Renault launches protest against Racing Point
At the same time, Formula One’s governing ruled brake channels from the Racing Point cars after managers ruled a Renault protest met the requirements for further investigation.
Renault had questioned the legality of parts of the “Pink Mercedes” cars after their rivals’ strong show in Sunday’s second round of the season at Austria’s Red Bull Ring.
Mexican Sergio Perez finished sixth and Stroll, the son of lawmaker Lawrence, seventh, while Ricciardo ended up in eighth.
The alleged crime concerns the design and outsourcing of listed parts.
Stewards said in a statement that the governing FIA’s technical department would seal and fling the front and rear brake channels for detailed analysis.
Champions Mercedes, which supplies Racing Point’s engine and gearbox, also received orders to hand over the brake channels used on its car last season for comparison.
No date has been set for the next meeting, but Formula 1 will compete again in Hungary on July 19.
Racing Point has freely acknowledged that their car is a close copy of last year’s title-winning Mercedes, but within the regulations.
“I don’t think that what we’ve done is particularly new when it comes to taking a team concept and doing it yourself. It has been productive in Formula One since the very first days, ”said Technical Director Andy Green in tests in February.
Renault and Racing Point, formerly known as Force India, have previously clashed over the regulations with the French team removing points from the Japanese Grand Prix following a protest from the Silverstone-based suit.