Ricciardo braced for Mexico grid demotion
23 October 2017 – Daniel Ricciardo says he is braced for a back-of-the-grid start at the upcoming Mexican Grand Prix, following his engine failure in the United States.
Ricciardo diced with Valtteri Bottas during the early laps as they contested third, before becoming the first of the frontrunners to pit, having complained of tyre wear.
He remained in the thick of the hunt for the podium, but slowed exiting Turn 12 and was forced to abandon his RB13, and is set to take on new engine elements, which will lead to a penalty.
"I think I tried to get the most out of it today and the laps I raced were fun but also frustrating," he said.
"I felt that, especially earlier on, we were quicker than Valtteri, but I always had to come from so far back that it was never going to be an easy move.
"I tried a lot of times to make it stick but could never quite manage it.
"I wasn't going to drive behind him all weekend wondering what could have been, so I don't have any regrets with the moves I tried.
"It's just frustrating to not continue that battle. I did enjoy it out there though. Every time I tried to overtake Valtteri he would just slip back underneath me and I thought: alright let's try again.
"I think we'll probably have to take a penalty which means that I will start at the back in Mexico.
"I'll do my best to try and charge through the field and you'll hopefully see more of today."