US GP: Frustrated Daniel Ricciardo 'punches hole in wall' after retirement

US GP: Frustrated Daniel Ricciardo 'punches hole in wall' after retirement

Members of the Red Bull team are making "jokes" about Daniel Ricciardo.

Ricciardo was sitting in fourth on the ninth lap of the race when his vehicle conked out on him - his fifth DNF in 10 races.

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner says it is "ironic" that Daniel Ricciardo keeps suffering Renault-related issues following his retirement from the United States Grand Prix.

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

'It was an identical issue to that which he had in Bahrain where it was a complete shut down.

His frustration came as no surprise given it was his fifth premature exit in 10 races, news.com.au reported.

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 in Austin has lifted hopes of a strong end to the year for Red Bull, but Horner believes the ongoing power deficit his team faces means that this weekend's race in Mexico is its last proper chance of a win.

The Red Bull Formula One driver raised his hands in the air in rage at his seventh DNF of the year as the trackside motorbike arrived to bring him back to the sheds. "He's just taken his frustration out on his room by putting his fist through the wall, which you can totally relate to. He knows it's not the team's issue, he knows it's nothing we have done and he can not get his head around why it keeps happening to him".

"Hopefully we've got enough components in our [engine] pool for him not to take a penalty [next weekend in Mexico]".

"Next year with the Honda engine I think we can fight for the world championship, the project is really very good and I'm absolutely serious".

Dr Helmut Marko thinks Max Verstappen could be a title contender in 2019.

The Australian has experienced some relative success this season, winning two Grands Prix in Monaco and China respectively. This was vintage Max - fair and hard racing.

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