Frustrated Ricciardo 'punches hole in wall' after US retirement

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Red Bull team principal Christian Horner empathised with Ricciardo while taking a sly dig at his future employers, who are now Red Bull's engine providers.

Ricciardo's race last just eight laps until he pulled over at the side of Turn 11 with a terminal vehicle problem.

But since then, Daniel Ricciardo's year has morphed into a proper annus horribilis - and that's something that's troubling the Australian as he prepares for his final three races as a Red Bull driver, following his retirement from the United States Grand Prix.

"Everything switched off, so pretty much identical to what I had in Bahrain earlier in the year", said Ricciardo following the race.

Ricciardo, in fourth at the time, was forced to retire after just 10 laps in Austin due to an energy store issue on his power unit, which is supplied by the team he is joining for F1 2019, Renault.

"You can't blame him, the frustration that is in him".

Ricciardo, meanwhile, has been warned by Red Bull's motorsport advisor, Dr Helmut Marko, that there will be more pain to come once he joins Renault next season.

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To add to his disappointment, Ricciardo's team-mate Max Verstappen went on to finish second and just behind race-winner Kimi Raikkonen.

Regarding this issue, Red Bull team boss Chris Horner had this to say: "It's ironic that it always happens on his vehicle. He knows it is not the team's issue, he knows it is nothing we have done and he can not get his head around why it keeps happening to him".

The 21-year-old is tipped to repeat last season's heroics in Mexico City, where Verstappen dominated to win the race. "I think within the team there are secretly some jokes being made about it", he told the Dutch broadcaster Ziggo Sport.

"When I signed, I knew that there was work ahead", he admitted, "but I know that they're putting a lot of effort into making things better and expanding a lot of departments and trying to make '19 stronger and '20 and whatever".

"At that altitude the engines can't breathe [as easily] and it brings it all closer together, and that gives us a chance". This was vintage Max - fair and hard racing.

It continued Ricciardo's tough spell and means he has still not been back on the podium since winning May's Monaco Grand Prix.