user icon

Ricciardo retirement caused by clutch issue

  • Published on 02 Sep 2018 19:01
  • comments 1
  • By: Fergal Walsh

Following the Italian Grand Prix, Renault launched an investigation into Daniel Ricciardo's retirement fearing that it was caused by his new engine. However, it has been determined that the DNF came as a result of a clutch problem.

Ricciardo had Renault's 'spec C' engine fitted to his car for the Italian Grand Prix weekend, which demoted the Australian to the back of the field for the race. The 28-year-old was picking his way through the field before he was forced to retire as smoke billowed from the rear of his Red Bull.

Renault claimed on the build-up to the race weekend that its new engine was much faster than its predecessor, but less reliable. Ricciardo's DNF marked his third in the last four races, leaving the seven-time Grand Prix winner frustrated after the race.

"It’s not always fun. Honestly, looking at the whole year it’s been pretty frustrating," Ricciardo said. "I still don’t know what it was. I passed [Lance] Stroll into Turn 1, then out of the corner, I looked in the mirrors to see if I was clear of him.

"I couldn’t see that well, and that’s when I realised there was smoke coming out of the back. I mentioned that straight away and they said stop," Ricciardo added.

Ricciardo maintains his position of sixth place in the standings, dropping points to teammate Max Verstappen. 12 points now separate the duo as the team looks towards Singapore, where it is hoping it will fare stronger against Mercedes and Ferrari.

Replies (1)

Login to reply
  • But is the pu he used wasted or not?

    • + 0
    • Sep 2 2018 - 20:23

BE Grand Prix of Belgium

Local time 

BE Grand Prix of Belgium

Local time 

Related news

World Championship standings 2022

Show full world champion standings

Test calendar

See full test schedule

Give your opinion!

Will Bottas challenge Hamilton for the world championship in 2020?

Driver profile

  • Team Red Bull Racing
  • Points 2,012
  • Podiums 77
  • Grand Prix 163
  • Country NL
  • Date of b. Sep 30 1997 (25)
  • Place of b. Hasselt (Belgie), NL
  • Weight 70 kg
  • Length 1.8 m
Show full profile

Team profile

Show full profile

Formula 1 Calendar - 2023

Date
Grand Prix
Circuit
-
Bahrain
3 - Mar 5
Bahrain
17 - Mar 19
Saudi Arabia
31 - Apr 2
Australia
28 - Apr 30
Azerbaijan
5 - May 7
United States of America
19 - May 21
Italy
26 - May 28
Monaco
2 - Jun 4
Spain
16 - Jun 18
Canada
30 - Jul 2
Austria
7 - Jul 9
United Kingdom
21 - Jul 23
Hungary
28 - Jul 30
Belgium
25 - Aug 27
Netherlands
1 - Sep 3
Italy
15 - Sep 17
Singapore
22 - Sep 24
Japan
20 - Oct 22
United States of America
27 - Oct 29
Mexico
3 - Nov 5
Brazil
17 - Nov 19
United States of America
24 - Nov 26
United Arab Emirates
See full schedule

Formula 1 Calendar - 2023

Date
Grand Prix & Circuit
3 - Mar 5
17 - Mar 19
Saudi Arabia Jeddah Street Circuit
31 - Apr 2
Australia Albert Park
28 - Apr 30
Azerbaijan Baku City Circuit
5 - May 7
United States of America Miami International Autodrome
19 - May 21
26 - May 28
Monaco Monte Carlo
2 - Jun 4
16 - Jun 18
30 - Jul 2
Austria Red Bull Ring
7 - Jul 9
United Kingdom Silverstone
21 - Jul 23
Hungary Hungaroring
28 - Jul 30
25 - Aug 27
Netherlands Circuit Zandvoort
1 - Sep 3
Italy Monza
15 - Sep 17
22 - Sep 24
20 - Oct 22
United States of America Circuit of the Americas
27 - Oct 29
3 - Nov 5
Brazil Interlagos
17 - Nov 19
United States of America Las Vegas Street Circuit
24 - Nov 26
United Arab Emirates Yas Marina Circuit
See full schedule
show sidebar