Ricciardo hopes ‘bad luck will stay in 2018’

Date published: November 16 2018

Looking forward to a new challenge in 2019 with Renault, Daniel Ricciardo hopes this year’s bad luck dies out with the season.

Ricciardo has suffered the most retirements of the top drivers this season with eight on the board.

Four of those have come since he announced he’s off to Renault next season.

It has been a disappointing run-in to the end of his final season with Red Bull with Ricciardo hoping next year brings better fortune, better luck.

He told Sky F1: “After 2018 the bad luck is just going to dissolve. I think the bad luck will stay in 2018.”

The 29-year-old has spent his entire F1 career under the Red Bull umbrella even making his HRT debut with Red Bull’s backing.

He is now looking forward to a new chapter and challenge with Renault.

He added: “I’m certainly excited for a change and for a new challenge.

“I guess part of me is, as excited as I am to try and [finish with] a good result, I’m also just excited to get the year finished and then start fresh with a new team next year.”

Pressed on whether his poor reliability of late means he’s even more excited for the Renault challenge, he said: “I think before I had this run of misfortune, I was already looking and tempted to move on and have something different.

“Honestly I think whether I had a run of good races, or whether it had been a run like what I had, I don’t think it would actually change my feeling about where I’m going next year.”

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