Daniel Ricciardo running out of time to celebrate at Red Bull

Daniel Ricciardo running out of time to celebrate at Red Bull

Ricciardo is switching from Red Bull to Renault's works team in 2019, but ironically he has been bearing the brunt of the problems with the French manufacturer's customer engine at Red Bull lately.

Ricciardo was running in fourth place when his auto lost power exiting the Turn 11 hairpin early in the race, forcing him into his seventh retirement of the season.

According to Red Bull Racing Formula 1 team driver Max Verstappen, members of the Red Bull team are making jokes about the increasingly frustrated Daniel Ricciardo.

'I'm sure he will have a word with his future employers about this because it's so frustrating losing him from races.

"It was an identical issue to that which he had in Bahrain where it was a complete shut down".

Ricciardo has already committed to a post-season switch to rivals Renault amongst rumours about his relationship with Red Bull.


"He has just taken his frustration out in his room by putting his fist through a wall and you can totally relate to that".

It was the other way around previous year with Max (Verstappen) but as Renault's premier driver I think you wouldn't expect these issues to be happening.

"Hopefully we've got enough components in our [engine] pool for him not to take a penalty [next weekend in Mexico]". I think the engines will be a little closer because it is a little bit more hard for them to breathe.

"I think really since Montreal (in June), he has driven some brilliant races", Horner told Autosport. "A good and fair fight between Max and Lewis over the last couple of laps gave Kimi [Räikkönen] the breathing space to take a well-deserved win and Max a fantastic second place".

Sunday was just the latest in a long line of technical problems that have blighted Ricciardo's season since he won at Monaco in May.

"We are hoping that with the altitude of Mexico that it will concertina the engines a bit", added Horner. At that point we thought it would be a two-stop race, but we then converted to a one-stop as Max was doing such a great job of managing his tyres.

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