Ricciardo misses grid at Aussie GP after stopping in warmup

Ricciardo misses grid at Aussie GP after stopping in warmup

Ricciardo was also full of praise for his mechanics and engineers who worked hard to prepare the auto for the race after his qualifying crash and then fix it when it was brought back to the pits after stopping on track on the way to grid.

The teenager, tipped to give Ricciardo headaches this season after challenging him on track a year ago, said he was surprised his auto had the pace to keep close to Ferrari's fourth-placed Kimi Raikkonen.

Ricciardo acknowledged after qualifying a gearbox change was possible, and admitted he was "hoping for a lot" in the race. Max was pushing Kimi hard all race, but we didn't have the pace of Vettel or Hamilton.

Stewards had told Red Bull that if they could get Ricciardo's vehicle going it would be allowed to begin from pit lane when the other 19 cars had got away.

Vettel started behind Mercedes star Lewis Hamilton in the Australian Grand Prix, but the German was electric in his strategy and speed, using a pit stop to overtake the Brit early in the race.

"Just bad luck I guess".

The vehicle was fixed and allowed Ricciardo to put laps on the board, but he began 2 laps behind the other cars.




Ricciardo, who placed third in the 2016 drivers' championship, rejoined the race when the leaders had completed the first lap.

Ricciardo was clearly frustrated when he got out of his stalled auto, before hitching a ride to the pits in a support truck.

While Ricciardo endured a weekend to forget at his home event - with a crash in qualifying, a pre-race gearbox sensor issue and then a terminal fuel cell problem - Verstappen could manage no better than fifth.

Ricciardo added: "It's not the weekend I wanted at home".

Then his vehicle came to a stop on the warm-up lap shortly before the race and he got out of the auto shaking his head.

"Sure I'm disappointed now but it is what it is", said Ricciardo. "I felt that we had Kimi's pace and I think we've got a good half second to find at this track to get on terms with the cars ahead". "I'll wake up tomorrow and be motivated to get ready for China". "We made a decision to put the mileage in and get the knowledge anyway".

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