F1: 'The auto is cursed' - Ricciardo vents after second-straight DNF


Lewis Hamilton celebrated a fifth Formula 1 world title after struggling to fourth place in the Mexican Grand Prix Sunday, a race won by Red Bull's Max Verstappen.Hamilton's 2018 season. I let a bit out once I heard I got pole.

Ricciardo is leaving Red Bull's Renault engines for the Renault team in 2019.

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, who must win here to stand any chance of stopping Hamilton from claiming this year's honours, finished behind his rival in fourth.

"So, naturally, I'm going to be fighting to at least try and gain a position, but, of course, I'm aware of the Bulls ahead".

Vettel starts right behind him again Sunday and must win if he has any hope of extending the championship to the next race in Brazil.

"Does it mean I have to play safe at the beginning of the race?" He'd said before the race he likely couldn't beat the Red Bulls.

The 2018 season has been defined by the battle between Hamilton and Vettel and their Mercedes and Ferrari teams.

"That's enabled us to go head-to-head, lock out the front row of the grid and win the grand prix in a dominant fashion".

They also line up with the number of times Lewis Hamilton has retired at Mercedes-AMG since replacing Michael Schumacher in 2013.

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"You know, honestly, now where I am, I don't see the point of coming on Sunday, I don't see the point of doing the next two races".

"Lewis drove superbly all year, and he was the better one of us two", said Vettel, who visited the Mercedes' nerve centre in the paddock to congratulate the team following Hamilton's triumph.

Ricciardo was running in a strong second place behind Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen and fending off Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel when his auto broke down with ten laps remaining. He was in a furious fight to hold off Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel for second until smoke billowed from the back of his vehicle with nine laps to go and he surrendered.

"I've been with Mercedes since I was 13 so to complete this - Fangio had done it with Mercedes - it's an incredible feeling and very surreal at the moment".

"The start was the key", Verstappen said.

Hamilton then fought back to ninth place - a result that, even though he was lapped by race victor Verstappen, was still enough to secure the championship.

Ricciardo, who leaves the team for Renault next year, offered his auto to replacement Pierre Gasly early, claiming he was "done with it" and it was "cursed".

His exit from the race marked the Aussie's sixth retirement in the past 11 grands prix.

Despite Horner's sentiment It seems a case of too little too late with Ricciardo's move to the French outfit only weeks away, as he mulled over his final two races of the season.