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Daniel Ricciardo: “I Just Don’t Seem To Have Any Luck At The Moment”

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Daniel Ricciardo feels he doesn’t “have any luck at the moment” after being forced to retire from the United States Grand Prix.

The retirement at the Circuit of the America’s was the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing driver’s third in the past six races.

Ricciardo was running in fourth place when the car just switched off on the exit of turn 11.

“It’s incredibly frustrating to retire so early in the race and I just don’t seem to have any luck at the moment. Everything just switched off and it seemed pretty much identical to the issue I had in Bahrain at the beginning of the year. I couldn’t even communicate with anyone on the radio so it looks like a battery failure.”

Red Bull team-mate Max Verstappen made his way up to second and Ricciardo was left wondering what could have been had he not had the issue.

“Now, seeing how the race played out makes it even harder to take as it could have been pretty interesting and it was a great afternoon for Max. There’s not much more to say about it to be honest. A lot of times this year there have been things out of my control but I can only keep trying.”

The Australian has only three races left as a Red Bull driver before he makes the switch to Renault Sport Formula One Team for 2019 and he is hoping for one last good result with the team.

“The biggest shame is that I only have a handful of races left with Red Bull and I want to have more highs than we’ve had. I want to be able to celebrate with the Team at least one more time and be on the podium to enjoy that feeling, but we’re running out of races which is pretty tough to take at the moment.”

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