Daniel Ricciardo handed five-place grid drop for gearbox change

Posted March 29, 2017

The Red Bull Racing driver had started the race two laps down after stopping on track on the way to the grid with a sensor issue, with his mechanics working hard to get him back into the race, only for his race to end after just twenty-five laps due to another mechanical issue on his RB13.

Australian Daniel Ricciardo's hopes of scoring a maiden Australian Grand Prix win were dashed before the race even got under way when his Red Bull Racer ground to a halt on the formation lap of the Albert Park circuit.

It continues Ricciardo's run of bad luck at his home grand prix where he was seeking to become the race's first Australian victor in 37 years.

Even Ricciardo, who placed fourth in Australia a year ago and is immensely popular with the local crowd, had to shake his head as he reported back over the team radio "I guess we can't save it. Let's get. out of here".

Although his team managed to get his auto working so he could get onto the track a couple of laps after the start, he was forced out for good when the engine failed halfway through the race.

Ricciardo apologised to his Red Bull Racing team, but said he "crashed for the right reason".

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But instead of fun, it became further frustration for Ricciardo, while Sebastian Vettel enjoyed a winning start to the season in a dream race for Ferrari.

"We were on the back foot already after the crash in qualifying and then today we had an issue during the warm-up lap followed by a second issue in the race".

"I was really trying to keep the pressure on ... and got a bit lucky when Lewis came out (from his pit stop) in traffic". We've clearly had the third fastest auto [in Australia], we want to move closer to the cars ahead over the next couple of races.

Those woes compounded a frustrating weekend, with Red Bull having also gone the wrong way with Ricciardo and team-mate Max Verstappen's set-up on Friday, and Ricciardo said he was simply pleased to see the back of the event. Sure I'm disappointed now but it is what it is.

For Ricciardo though, his problems continue a run of bad luck at his home Grand Prix that included a disqualification in 2014 after finishing second.

"We've still obviously got a bit of work to do ahead".