Ricciardo suffered from gearbox issues during the Singapore GP

  • Published on 18 Sep 2017 10:45
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has revealed that Daniel Ricciardo was suffering from gearbox issues throughout the Singapore Grand Prix. Ricciardo started the race from P3 on the grid and was second after the first lap, as his teammate Max Verstappen was involved in an incident with Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel.

During the practice sessions earlier in the weekend, it looked as though Red Bull had the pace to trump both Mercedes and Ferrari, but during the race itself, the Australian failed to keep up with Lewis Hamilton who would go on to win the race.

Speaking about the accident between the Ferrari's and Verstappen. Horner said: "It was enormously frustrating to lose Max at the start of the race, in an incident that quite clearly had nothing to do with him. Sebastian moving to the left, Kimi moving to the right sandwiched Max and there was nowhere for him to go."

A safety car was deployed to clear up the debris laid down at the first corner, and Horner went on to state that Ricciardo began to suffer from a gearbox issue for much of the race: "After the re-start, Daniel started to lose an awful lot of gearbox oil, which created a lot of problems with oil pressure.

"We were feeling that it was looking unlikely that Daniel would get to the end of the race. However he managed to nurse the gearbox of the car incredibly well for three-quarters of the Grand Prix and though able to hold off any threat from behind from Valtteri, unfortunately he could not attack Lewis ahead."

 

Fergal Walsh

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  • Plausible but the more likely truth here is that Horner is just covering his ass after all that brash trash talking by him and Ricciardo about winning the race no matter what. Horner has time and time again displayed he is a massive whiny sulk when things don't go his way.

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    • Sep 18 2017 - 11:58
    • I agree with you and also I think he's not a very good driver on the wet.

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      • Sep 19 2017 - 17:24
  • f1ski

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    while vettel clearly moved left raikkonen was going straight and Verstappen made a small sudden move left into Kimi. He was quick to cover his driver as he stated they would be very aggressive at the start as they had nothing. "We've got nothing to lose. Seb's got a championship to think about,"Verstappen has yet to learn that because he is near doesn't mean folks are going to get out of his way. Ask Ricciardo what he thinks.

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    • Sep 18 2017 - 18:36

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