Daniel Ricciardo was livid after the Mexican Grand Prix when looking strong for a podium the Red Bull driver had to park his car with a clutch problem, making it his ninth DNF of the season thus far.
Immediately after retiring from the race at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez the despair was evident as the driver emerged from his crippled car and promptly declared that Pierre Gasly (who will replace him next year in the team) could drive the next two races in his place.
Now that tempers have cooled, and disappointment absorbed, the big smiling Australian has recommitted himself to the cause for his final two races in blue.
Ricciardo posted a video on Instagram, for his 1.7-million followers, in which he said, “First g’day. I would like to address a few things from Mexico…”
“The first one first: I will be doing the last two races, it is what I’m about, it ain’t about the other life. Yeah, it’s been obviously massive highs and lows this year – more lows, unfortunately.
“It’s been frustrating, I won’t lie, but I owe it to myself and to all the guys that work their butts off to give it two more cracks before we see each other off. So, I will be there – just needed a few days off really. So, Feels good,” he added.
Ricciardo will finish sixth in the championship this year, bottom of the Big Three points table before he moves to Renault for the next chapter in his Formula 1 career.
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