Aussie F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo blows up after race fail

Formula One World Championship

Daniel Ricciardo let his frustration get the better of him after once again having his Red Bull vehicle fail on him in the US Formula 1 Grand Prix in Austin, Texas.

Ricciardo, 29, retired while running fourth in the race when his auto shut down just eight laps into the event.

With the Australian set to leave Red Bull at the end of the season to join Renault, Horner says the number of reliability issues that have been related to the power unit will be of particular frustration for Ricciardo.

The Dutchman endured a disappointing first few months of the season and across the first six races was involved in at least one incident each weekend that cost him, and others, dearly.

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

Verstappen's charge to second has lifted Red Bull's hopes of ending the year strongly, but Horner said the team's current power deficit with Renault's engine means this weekend's Mexican GP is its last proper chance of a win.

"He's just taken his frustration out on his room by putting his fist through the wall, which you can totally relate to", added Horner. "That Ferrari and Mercedes will not be able to run their high power modes, that is what helped us a year ago".




And Red Bull chief Christian Horner has revealed Ricciardo's temperament got the better of him when he returned to the team garage.

"Hopefully we've got enough components in our [engine] pool for him not to take a penalty [next weekend in Mexico]".

"He doesn't blame the [Red Bull] team in any way, he knows we are doing everything we can, it's just one of those things".

"I think really since Montreal he has driven some brilliant races", Horner told Motorsport.com. "I think it's a battery failure, I would suspect".

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.

Max Verstappen too has had his fair share of issues in 2018, retiring four times overall.

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