Daniel Ricciardo medical update after Renault star's big Styrian Grand Prix practice crash


    Daniel Ricciardo is okay to take part in the rest of the Styrian Grand Prix weekend following a big crash during Free Practice 2 on Friday afternoon. The Aussie slid off the track and crashed into the barriers at high speed at Turn Nine inside 15 minutes, with his Renault RS20 sustaining damage to the rear and left side.

    Ricciardo, who said he was okay on team radio, appeared to be limping following the smash, which meant he did not post a lap time during the second practice session in Spielberg.

    Thankfully, though, Renault have now confirmed the 31-year-old has been given the all-clear to compete in the rest of the weekend at the Red Bull Ring.

    Renault tweeted: “Update on Daniel: After that impact, he went to the medical centre for a check up. Medical delegate has declared him fit.”

    Ricciardo’s smash might see the former Red Bull driver start Sunday’s race from the back of the grid.

    Despite there being glorious sunshine in Austria on Friday, it is expected that Saturday will be a washout, with stormy weather on the way in to the Styria region.

    That might mean Free Practice 3 and qualifying are called off and the lap times put down in FP2 decide the make up of Sunday’s starting grid.

    Ricciardo, who will leave Renault for F1 rivals McLaren ahead of the 2021 campaign, will be hoping for better reliability from his RS20 on Sunday.

    Ricciardo was one of nine retirees at last weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix, which was also held at the Red Bull Ring.

    His Renault team-mate Esteban Ocon was 10th fastest during FP2, during which Red Bull’s Max Verstappen outpaced everyone.

    Valtteri Bottas and Sergio Perez of Mercedes and Racing Point respectively completed the top three, with the Mexican’s team-mate Lance Stroll fourth fastest.

    Reigning F1 champion Lewis Hamilton was down in sixth and will be determined to get on the front row if FP3 and qualifying are cleared to go ahead on Saturday.

    Ferrari have brought upgrades to Austria this weekend but those don’t seem to have had the desired impact so far.

    Charles Leclerc was only ninth quickest during FP2, with Sebastian Vettel a hugely disappointing 16th going into what looks set to be another tough weekend for the Italians.


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