A clutch problem for Daniel Ricciardo meant he had no choice but to adapt and start the Dutch Grand Prix left-handed.
As a right-handed driver, Ricciardo’s preference is the clutch on the right, but once he lined-up on the grid for the race start, he could not engage it, saying “I can’t get first gear, it went into anti-stall,” over team radio.
Fortunately for Ricciardo, there is a clutch paddle on both sides of the steering wheel, and the left one came to his rescue.
That being said, it was not exactly a natural-feeling transition to make.
“We have two clutch paddles, you have your preferred one and if you are right-handed you would probably choose the right-hand one for the start, that one chose not to work,” Ricciardo told The Race.