SAO PAULO — Daniel Ricciardo’s run of rotten unhealthy luck is exhibiting no signal of coming to an finish any time quickly.
The Australian driver will serve a grid penalty this weekend after Red Bull was pressured to alter the turbocharger in his Renault engine. It’s the sixth turbo he is used this 12 months, above the allotted quantity within the rules, that means he’ll serve a five-place grid penalty for Sunday’s race, which shall be utilized after qualifying.
He had already exceeded the permitted quantity of turbochargers allowed — the primary time he did so was price 10 locations, however that now strikes to 5 every time he takes a brand new one.
Ricciardo suffered a heartbreaking double retirement on the U.S.-Mexico double header whereas operating in promising positions — he had taken pole place in Mexico City earlier than the reliability issued occurred on Sunday. Since successful the Monaco Grand Prix in May he has not returned to the rostrum.
His most up-to-date race retirement led to him labeling his automobile “cursed” after the race and joking that he noticed no level ending the season, feedback he felt compelled to make clear forward of the race in Sao Paulo. Red Bull is eager to see the Australian return to the rostrum in one of many remaining two races, his final for the group earlier than he switches to Renault’s manufacturing facility group for 2019.
During Thursday’s media day at Interlagos, Ricciardo was in higher spirits than he had been the final time he was within the F1 paddock and mentioned he has no different rationalization for his latest run aside from unhealthy luck.
“I looked at the first six months of last year, Max seemed to have most if not all of it,” he mentioned. “Then the final six months I appeared to have most or all of it. So final 12 months it was unfold out in a method between us, and this 12 months definitely it’s been extra me.
“Max had the failure in Budapest and possibly someplace else. But it definitely has been much more high heavy for me this 12 months. I do not actually have any rationalization. It sounds actually easy and foolish, however unhealthy luck actually is the perfect time period I can use.
“All the team still like me, so no one has it in for me! It has just been the way it has worked this year. So, I’ll keep trying. I know Sunday afternoons I am pretty pissed and animated, but honestly, I wake up Monday and am ready to go again. So it does not last too long.”
Ricciardo has retired from eight races this season. He has additionally began from the again row of the grid twice since August — in Italy and Russia — as a result of engine-related penalties.