Published: Thu, November 01, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Daniel Ricciardo feeling ‘helpless’ after another gutting Red Bull failure

Daniel Ricciardo feeling ‘helpless’ after another gutting Red Bull failure

Daniel Ricciardo says he's done with the 2018 Red Bull Formula 1 entry after suffering yet more reliability woes in the Mexican Grand Prix.

After surviving what turned into a battle of attrition at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez he added: "It was a disgusting race..."

"He's just had an immensely frustrating afternoon". We elected to adopt a two-stop strategy to cover the cars behind in what turned out to be a dominant win for Max.

"It has been the toughest year physically, mentally and personally with everything I'm committed to, but I have wonderful support".

Hamilton said: "It's a very unusual feeling right now".

Vettel will have the small consolation of beating Hamilton in the title-clinching race, passing him about midway through on a run down the long straight in a test of power between F1's top two teams.

"All the work they put in, my grandfather would be so proud of him, proud of us, and grateful that the Hamilton name was there and established and will go down now in history, which is kind of insane to think".

"Daniel lost out at the start after getting a little too much wheel spin, but he then settled into a great race pace", said Horner.

"So I told him well deserved and to enjoy it - number five is something incredible". You have to set your sights and goals high, but you have to treasure every moment.

Ricciardo commented afterwards that he saw "no point" in turning up to the remaining two races as his RB14 is "cursed", and quipped he'd "let Gasly drive it". There were hearts in mouths in the Mercedes garage, as Hamilton came within inches of touching Raikkonen as they slammed on the anchors for Turn 1, before the Brit held his nerve on the outside of the left-handed Turn 2, to make his way past the Ferrari at the ensuing right-hander.

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"The frustration for us as a Team is that we didn't have both drivers on the podium. We've seen it in previous championships and I don't know why".

Hamilton was unhappy on the supersoft tyres after pitting on lap 12, while Vettel flourished. We need to stand there, accept that and send congratulations.

Ferrari team chief Maurizio Arrivabene also promised a continuing scrap for the teams' title.

"This is a precious moment for me", Hamilton said after securing the title Sunday at the Mexican Grand Prix.

"He deserves it. He did the best job this year".

He was unfortunate to have suffered a smack from Esteban Ocon's flying front wing - in turn caused by a collision with Carlos Sainz - which caused enough damage to end his race.

"He fought so hard this year", Hamilton said.

"The whole qualifying was c**p", the deflated Dutchman said.

"Lewis's driving this year has been peerless, so we have to be happy". If you go too aggressive, you can hit or still get hit.

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