Date published: November 25 2018
Daniel Ricciardo has said he is ready to switch off from the Formula 1 world after closing the final chapter with Red Bull.
Ricciardo was bidding for one final podium finish with Red Bull, in what was his 100th and final race with the team before he joins Renault next season.
But the Aussie, who has had some rotten luck in 2018 with eight DNFs, was forced to settle for P4 in a rather lifeless race for him.
“I’m alright,” Ricciardo reflected in the Abu Dhabi paddock.
“It wasn’t the most exciting race, just a little bit it was fun.
“It put me out of reach with the leaders I don’t know if we had much of a choice, we could’ve pitted early and kept track position but it’s always hard to know, I think.
“Lewis pitted early and I didn’t think it would go to the end.
“Our pace advantage was strong at first but we probably just weren’t quick enough.
With everything that has been thrown at Ricciardo this year, he is now ready to head back home, back to the farm, and talk to the animals. Of course.
“I was a little lonely in the last few laps but third and fourth in the team is solid,” he added.
“Thanks to Red Bull and the whole Red Bull family. I would’ve loved to drink out of my shoe but…maybe later.
“I’ll close everything off with Red Bull family with a few days in the factory and then start to initially get to know people at Renault.
“Then go home and switch off for a bit.
“It’s been a long season so I’m looking forward to going home and to talking to cows and the sheep for a bit where they talk sense.”