Red Bull and its drivers would be kicking themselves after the Bahrain Grand Prix ended prematurely for both its drivers and Ricciardo expressed his dissapoitment over the incident, labelling it as the ‘harsh reality of the sport’.
Ricciardo was pumped to go all out tonight at Bahrain but an apparent electric issue meant that the car refused to respond and Ricciardo had to retire barely two minutes into the Grand Prix.
“It’s hard, hard when it happens so early. I was fired up, when it’s a night race you’ve got the whole day to think about the race, trying to hold everything in for race time, and after two minutes it’s over.
“I lost all power, seemed like a battery or electrical power – everything switched off, couldn’t do anything. No reason at the moment, but a harsh reality of our sport sometimes, I love it, then I hate it.
“There was no warning, first thing I felt into Turn 8 was the brake pedal, the BBW, you lose the power, brake goes long and I looked at the screen and everything went off. I knew straight away, I couldn’t change gears, yeah…” Ricciardo said.
Ever since winter testing, public opinion states that Red Bull has the pace to match Ferrari and Mercedes, but in the first two Grand Prix, they just haven’t managed to hold onto their car.
“Frustrating for everyone because we genuinely felt like we had a good car coming into the race; really believe our race car was better.
“Only did a lap and half, could see Kimi in front, looked like he was already sliding on the rears, felt like we were in with a chance.” Ricciardo concluded.