Brazilian Grand Prix – Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo has clarified that he will be doing both of the final races of the season, after making some comments after Mexico where he suggested he might not.
After retiring from a podium position at the Mexican Grand Prix with 10 laps to go last week, Daniel Ricciardo said that he felt his car was ‘cursed’ with this being the latest in a huge list of technical problems and retirements this year. The retirement came just 24 hours after Ricciardo claimed an emphatic pole position in an intra-team battle with Max Verstappen.
Furious and disappointed, he said that he felt there was ‘no point’ to doing the last two races of the year with Red Bull, comments that, on paper at least, did appear to make sense. Ricciardo departs Red Bull at the end of this season as he heads to Renault and, with nothing really to gain in terms of championship position, there was the possibility that Red Bull could have looked at slotting 2019 racer Pierre Gasly into the seat for some early acclimatisation.
However, Ricciardo has clarified those remarks since. “I will be doing the last two races. It’s what I’m about. There’s been massive highs and lows this year, more lows though, unfortunately. It’s been frustrating, I won’t lie. But I owe it to myself and all the guys who have worked their butts off to give it two more cracks before we see each other off. I will be there, I just needed a few days off.”
It’s highly unlikely that the matter might be taken out of Ricciardo’s hands, with team boss Christian Horner stating that he hopes to see Ricciardo enjoy one last little bit of fortune before he heads off to Renault for 2019.