Daniel Ricciardo says that there is no point turning up at the remaining races following yet another retirement. The Australian recorded his eighth DNF of the season in Mexico, pulling over to the side of the track while holding off Sebastian Vettel for second place.
Ricciardo started the day on pole position but found himself in third place heading into Turn 1 after being jumped by teammate Max Verstappen and the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton. He only made one stop, while those around him came into the pit lane twice.
The Renault-bound driver was on for his first podium since his victory at Monaco, but his hopes were dashed when a puff of smoke was spotted coming from his car, before he pulled up and jumped out of the RB14 moments later.
"I don’t even think frustration’s a word anymore, everything just feels hopeless,” Ricciardo said. “I honestly don’t know, where I am, I honestly don’t see the point of coming on Sunday, I don’t see the point in doing the next two races.
“I haven’t had a clean race, weekend, in so long. I’m not superstitious or any of this bullshit but the car’s cursed… I don’t know. No words. Helpless think is the best word. I'll let [Pierre] Gasly drive it, I'm done with it."
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