Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, Interlagos, 2018

Ricciardo had “just got over” Mexico retirement when he learned of penalty

2018 Brazilian Grand Prix

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Daniel Ricciardo says he’d just come to terms with his retirement from the Mexican Grand Prix when he received a phone call telling him he would have to take a grid penalty this weekend.

The Red Bull driver’s turbocharger was damaged by a marshal when his car was recovered after a clutch problem forced him out while running second at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.

“I got a phone call last week notifying me of what happened when we broke down in Mexico,” he said. “I think the marshals put extinguisher straight up the exhaust and went to town on it and damaged the turbo.

“I’d kind of got over it that week and then I got that call and I was like ‘ah well, it is what it is’. We just wanted to get down early in case anyone else had a penalty to not lose out any more. That was the reason for that.”

Ricciardo will take a five-place grid penalty this weekend but he said he was encouraged by his car’s pace over a race stint.

“The penalty doesn’t help but the pace this afternoon was better,” he said. “I think we made improvements with the car.

“This morning we weren’t that bad but for sure we wanted to be quicker. I think we made a step forward this afternoon, I think there’s still a little bit left. The long-run pace seemed decent so we’ll see.

“All three tyres don’t seem that far off at the moment. I know the long runs were decent on the super[-soft] but also the medium, I think Valtteri [Bottas] on the medium didn’t look too bad, from memory. We’ll see.

“It opens up the options for me – obviously I’ll start further back in the race so I’ll have a crack and see what happens.”

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  • 4 comments on “Ricciardo had “just got over” Mexico retirement when he learned of penalty”

    1. Ricciardo’s luck this year is surely building his character.

      (With due credit to Calvin’s dad)

    2. A shame for ricciardo, save for chaos races in the last 2 races his podium chances are over, pretty sure not only he’d have been on the podium, he’d have been 2nd holding off vettel if only had the car lasted in mexico for once.

      Alonso perhaps might get some final points here, car was competitive last year, don’t think there’s a chance in abu dhabi.

    3. Can’t imagine Max if had 8 dnf’s and another penalty..getting beaten for pole was enough to tip him over!!!
      OMG his Dad had to tuck him into bed.

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