Daniel Ricciardo’s Styrian Grand Prix looked promising up until a swift loss of power saw the Aussie drop four places at the beginning of Sunday’s race.
Heading into Lap 8, it looked as if his bad luck had carried over from Qualifying as he was demoted down the field due to a temporary loss of power.
The glitch would have an extremely disappointing moment for the Aussie driver who had managed to make up the same number of places from lights out.
Speaking after the race, 31-year-old Ricciardo explained what happened on board his MCL35M.
“The start was great, we got up to ninth, put ourselves in a really good position on the Medium tyre and the race was looking up from there, and then we lost power”, he explained.
“We were able to fix it on the steering wheel, but everything we gained, we then lost, and we were back where we started.
“After that, it was difficult to make moves being in dirty air.
“I feel we should’ve been fifth and sixth again today as we were last week.
“We’ll reset over the next few days and come back again and make it happen next week – hopefully our luck turns.”
His teammate Lando Norris has been having a stellar season so far and battled his way throughout the race to cross the line in P5.
“A good race, quite straightforward – there wasn’t too much going on from my side, but that was also a good thing”, he said.
“We weren’t under too much pressure from the cars behind, and the cars in front of us were too far ahead, which we expected.
“We can be happy – P5 is still a very good result for us. Hopefully, we can come back and do the same again next week.”