Ricciardo downcast after GP retirement

Daniel Ricciardo will attempt to rebuild his optimism yet again for the next Formula One event in Hungary, after an electrical problem forced the Australian Red Bull driver to retire from the British Grand Prix.

Ricciardo, who qualified 10th for the race at Silverstone, made a weak start on Sunday before losing power to his car.

Despite attempts to fix the issue on track, the 26-year-old from Perth was forced to bow out on lap 22.

“I was really optimistic and excited for this weekend, but it didn’t work out for us on the day,” Ricciardo said afterwards.

“We suffered an electrical problem which forced us to retire.

“I could feel the loss of power going into turn seven. We tried circulating for a few laps to try and fix it, we also tried to reboot the engine in the pits but unfortunately it didn’t work.”

It’s the latest frustration for Ricciardo, who has copped penalties for exceeding his engine allocation this season and has been left frustrated by Red Bull’s lack of meaningful results.

“The last few races haven’t been kind to us, but that’s racing,” he said.

“We have some time off to look forward to and we’ll go into Hungary a little more hopeful as the track there should suit us better.”

French manufacturer Renault says it will investigate the cause of the failure.

The Hungarian Grand Prix will take place in Budapest on July 26.

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