When a driver has six mechanical issues and eight total DNF’s during the season, it’s easy to see why he’d be frustrated, angry and feel like there is a dark cloud hanging over his head. That’s the situation Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo finds himself in after another DNF in Mexico last weekend.
As he approaches the final two races, he said he is done with this current car and has little interest. Daniel is moving to Renault next season and that’s the very power source in the back of his car. Red Bull is moving on to Honda power for 2019 and team boss Christian Horner never misses a chance to slightly jab Renault for their lack of performance as Autosport reveals:
“It feels a bittersweet victory – [it’s] fantastic for Max to have driven an outstanding race, but I’m pretty confident Daniel would have been able to hold off Sebastian over those remaining laps.
“You can understand his frustration and I hope that this dark cloud that’s following him around lifts for the final two races.”
Asked whether Ricciardo might now be regretting his move to Renault for the 2019 season, Horner added: “Only Daniel can answer.
“There’s no point broaching that with him – the decision was made, he was comfortable with the decision.
“He’s driving a competitive car that’s taken pole position this weekend and you can see the differential between where this part [the front] of the grid is and where this part [Renault] is two laps behind.”
There’s been talk of a conspiracy and that the team have purposefully scuttled his season since he made the decision to leave. I can’t imagine, as I have said about similar theories, that any team would sacrifice points because those points are worth millions to the team and F1’s is too small for that kind of conspiracy to live unrevealed. Executives jobs would be on the line if that were happening and too many employees depend on the results.
Can Dan get his head around the final two races? More importantly, how do you think he will manage if he finds a similar performance delta at Renault next year? He gambled, much like Fernando Alonso did, and time will tell if he made the right choice at the right time.
Hat Tip: Autosport