Infotainment Factory: Red Bull apologise to Ricciardo for Mexico GP

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Monday, 29 October 2018

Red Bull apologise to Ricciardo for Mexico GP


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Principal of Red Bull Racing Christian Horner has apologised to Daniel Ricciardo following the Australian F1 star’s emotional outburst after another disappointing mechanical failure forced him out of the Mexican Grand Prix.

A defeated Ricciardo took aim at his vehicle after a hydraulics failure forced him out of the race with only 10 laps to go while in podium position.

The devastation marked the eighth time this season the 29-year-old has had his efforts dashed by engine and mechanical failure, and while initially sympathising with Ricciardo, Horner went a step further and publicly apologised on behalf of the team.

“I'm delighted the Team secured victory today, but it's bittersweet to have lost Daniel when we looked set for a 1-2,” Horned posted on Instagram.

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“The frustration for us as a Team is that we didn't have both drivers on the podium.

“Our apologies go to Daniel today, we will continue to fight as a Team for both drivers to score as many points as possible in the remaining races.”

The Australian’s rollercoaster year was marred by relentless drama stemming from the engine issues that frayed his relationship with Red Bull and ultimately contributed to his departure for Renault.

Despite Horner’s sentiment It seems a case of too little too late with Ricciardo’s move to the French outfit only weeks away, as he mulled over his final two races of the season.

“I don't think 'frustration' is the word anymore,” He said.

“Everything feels hopeless.

“Honestly, now where I am, I don't see the point of coming on Sunday, I don't see the point of doing the next two races.

“I haven't had a clean race or weekend in so long. I'm not superstitious or any of this bull----, but the car's cursed. I don't have any more words.”

“Helpless I think is the best word. Even today, the starts have been good all weekend, the practice starts, and for the race start, it's all over the place.

“Just things are happening on Sunday which I've got no more explanation for. The car... I'll let Gasly drive it, I'm done with it.”

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Horner initially downplayed Ricciardo’s sentiments claiming the Australians emotions were just “running incredibly high”.

“He just had an immensely frustrating afternoon,” Horner said.

“You can understand his frustration and hope that this dark cloud that’s following around lifts for the final two races.

“It’s gutting not just for him but for the whole team, because we were looking at potentially a one-two finish which has enormous value to us.

“So it feels a bittersweet victory. Fantastic for Max [Verstappen] to have driven an outstanding race, an absolutely outstanding race, but I’m pretty confident Daniel would have been able to hold off Sebastian over those remaining laps.”

Lewis Hamilton claimed his fifth F1 World Title with a fourth place finish enough to clinch the Championship with two races left in the season.

Principal of Red Bull Racing Christian Horner has apologised to Daniel Ricciardo following the Australian F1 star’s emotional outburst after another disappointing mechanical failure forced him out of the Mexican Grand Prix.

A defeated Ricciardo took aim at his vehicle after a hydraulics failure forced him out of the race with only 10 laps to go while in podium position.

The devastation marked the eighth time this season the 29-year-old has had his efforts dashed by engine and mechanical failure, and while initially sympathising with Ricciardo, Horner went a step further and publicly apologised on behalf of the team.

“I'm delighted the Team secured victory today, but it's bittersweet to have lost Daniel when we looked set for a 1-2,” Horned posted on Instagram.

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bpf4jakHfr8/

“The frustration for us as a Team is that we didn't have both drivers on the podium.

“Our apologies go to Daniel today, we will continue to fight as a Team for both drivers to score as many points as possible in the remaining races.”

The Australian’s rollercoaster year was marred by relentless drama stemming from the engine issues that frayed his relationship with Red Bull and ultimately contributed to his departure for Renault.

Despite Horner’s sentiment It seems a case of too little too late with Ricciardo’s move to the French outfit only weeks away, as he mulled over his final two races of the season.

“I don't think 'frustration' is the word anymore,” He said.

“Everything feels hopeless.

“Honestly, now where I am, I don't see the point of coming on Sunday, I don't see the point of doing the next two races.

“I haven't had a clean race or weekend in so long. I'm not superstitious or any of this bull----, but the car's cursed. I don't have any more words.”

“Helpless I think is the best word. Even today, the starts have been good all weekend, the practice starts, and for the race start, it's all over the place.

“Just things are happening on Sunday which I've got no more explanation for. The car... I'll let Gasly drive it, I'm done with it.”

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bpc4D1NnRq0/

Horner initially downplayed Ricciardo’s sentiments claiming the Australians emotions were just “running incredibly high”.

“He just had an immensely frustrating afternoon,” Horner said.

“You can understand his frustration and hope that this dark cloud that’s following around lifts for the final two races.

“It’s gutting not just for him but for the whole team, because we were looking at potentially a one-two finish which has enormous value to us.

“So it feels a bittersweet victory. Fantastic for Max [Verstappen] to have driven an outstanding race, an absolutely outstanding race, but I’m pretty confident Daniel would have been able to hold off Sebastian over those remaining laps.”

Lewis Hamilton claimed his fifth F1 World Title with a fourth place finish enough to clinch the Championship with two races left in the season.

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