Horner surprised Renault is letting issues happen on Daniel Ricciardo's vehicle

27 October, 2018, 05:55 | Author: Isabel Grant
  • Formula One World Championship

Daniel Ricciardo made an explosive exit from the United States Grand Prix over the weekend, angrily punching a wall following a forced mechanical retirement.

Ricciardo's race last just eight laps until he pulled over at the side of Turn 11 with a terminal vehicle problem.

Horner said Ricciardo's frustration got the better of him after the race.

"It looks identical to the power unit issue he had in Bahrain where it's just gone into complete shutdown - you could see it mid-corner".

The Dutchman had a troubled start to this year as a spate of crashes and clashes left him facing criticisms about over-driving and a lack of maturity.

Horner couldn't stop himself from sinking the boot into the Aussie, with a sly dig at his driver's move to the factory Renault team next year, who are presently supplying powertrains to 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.

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"He has just taken his frustration out in his room by putting his fist through a wall and you can totally relate to that".

"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". "We won it well previous year, a really dominant win for us [with Verstappen]".

Boss Christian Horner has praised Red Bull driver Max Verstappen for battling back from a hard start to eventually fire in 2018.

"Thankfully we have one in more our allocation that we introduced in Sochi, meaning we should avoid a penalty in Mexico next weekend". I am sure it only made him stronger.

"I think really since Montreal he has driven some brilliant races", Horner told Motorsport.com.

"Next year with the Honda engine I think we can fight for the world championship", said Marko. This was vintage Max - fair and hard racing.

Ricciardo has two victories this season, last winning in Monaco, but hasn't stepped on the podium apart from that.

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