Ricciardo laments 'cursed' auto after 8th retirement of 2018

Ricciardo laments 'cursed' auto after 8th retirement of 2018

Ricciardo laments 'cursed' auto after 8th retirement of 2018

And by the time he'd crossed the line for lap 62 and headed into Turn 1, the game was up, once again, for Ricciardo.

Daniel Ricciardo was left feeling "helpless" and keen to hand over his "cursed" Red Bull Formula 1 vehicle to Pierre Gasly after another mechanical problem robbed him of a podium in Mexico.

"I'm just glad that I was able to do the job on my second run". Daniel Ricciardo went from pole position to yet another disaster as engine failure doomed his auto yet again. "The team has worked very hard for this so it is crucial that we now make the most of it". I haven't had a clean race all weekend in so long. "I need to save a little serenity for tomorrow". "I'm tripping major nutsack right now!"

Ricciardo snatched the pole position from Verstappen at the end of a sizzling qualifying session at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on Saturday. We elected to adopt a two-stop strategy to cover the cars behind in what turned out to be a dominant win for Max. "The pace is definitely going to be better than we have now in terms of power".

"We were just not good enough", he admitted in the post-race media conference.

Lewis Hamilton moved level with Juan Manuel Fangio on five Formula One drivers' championships on Sunday in a Mexican Grand Prix that was won by Max Verstappen.

The Briton hailed his team for turning around his vehicle after a deeply uncompetitive showing during Friday practice.

"I knew it was in there somewhere", he said moments after roaring over the radio in delight.

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"Big changes and improvements were made overnight and to come back in today and put us in contention all of a sudden was wonderful", he said.

"Yesterday we were much further back and we weren't expecting to be as high as we got".

"Third place is a nice place to start here". "If I get a good tow from these guys and there's an opportunity to overtake I'm going to take it".

Not Hamilton's best day - he was outperformed by team-mate Bottas all weekend, but Sochi provided another key moment as Mercedes nailed their colours to the Hamilton mast.

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen was third, meaning the constructors' championship remained open at least until the Brazilian Grand Prix in two weeks' time with Mercedes' lead trimmed.

Stoffel Vandoorne enjoyed a rare afternoon of success, finishing eighth for McLaren, while Sauber's Marcus Ericsson was ninth and Pierre Gasly 10th for Toro Rosso.

His two wins in China and Monaco begged for greater things in 2018, with both races among the opening six events of the season.

The rest of the closely contested midfield was forced to use the delicate hypersoft tyre, which is forecast to last just a handful of laps at the start of the race and therefore be a strategic disadvantage. Both drivers were reprimanded for unsafe racing moves and team tensions were high.

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