Ricciardo: Racing isn’t always kind (VIDEO)

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Daniel Ricciardo might just be the unluckiest man in Formula 1 right now. After being disqualified from the Australian Grand Prix last time out for the team exceeding the maximum fuel flow limit on 100kg/h, the Red Bull driver lost fourth place in today’s race after a mistake in the pits.

The front left tire was not fitted properly on Ricciardo’s car, meaning that the team had to wheel him back to the pits and work on his car, costing him a lap. He was then given a five second stop-go penalty, and then suffered a front wing failure before eventually retiring from the race.

To make matters worse, the stewards then gave Ricciardo a 10 place grid penalty for next weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix because of the unsafe release.

“It’s been a pretty unlucky start to the season,” he explained to NBCSN’s Will Buxton. “That’s how it is. Racing isn’t always the kindest sport and there’s other factors unfortunately which take place.

“On the positives, it was another good race I think. I made a good start. It’s nice to have my two front of the grid starts in the last couple of races and to have made the most of them, that’s nice, to have raced at the front.”

Verstappen doesn’t want F1 season to end after recent run of form

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Max Verstappen says he is not ready for the 2017 Formula 1 season to come to an end after enjoying a run of strong form through the closing stages of the campaign.

Verstappen endured a rocky run of form through to the end of the European season that saw him suffer a number of reliability issues and score just a single podium finish, taking third in China back in April.

However, the Dutchman has rallied to score more points than any other driver in the last five races, including victories in Malaysia and Mexico, as well as a podium finish in Japan.

Verstappen heads into next weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix chasing a third win of the year to sign off, but joked he does not want the season to end just as he’s got into a good groove.

“We will, of course, try and end the season with a strong result in Abu Dhabi,” Verstappen said. “Last year was actually quite a good race after skipping a pit stop following a spin at Turn 1, it was hard to manage the tires to the end of the race but we did it and finished fourth.

“I would say that my favorite part of the track is at Turns 2 and 3, the fast left, right. It’s also very cool driving underneath the hotel and racing in the darkness with all the lights.

“The final sector at Yas Marina is actually quite technical so you have to be really precise there, but it should also be our strongest part of the track.

“There are quite a few overtaking opportunities to make the race interesting, before the long straight at the hairpin and then at the end of the straight under braking for the next chicane section.

“Abu Dhabi is the last race on the calendar, but I don’t actually want the season to end. I’m really fired up at the moment and I just want to keep going.

“The nice thing will be to spend some time with friends and family over the winter break and then I will look ahead to January and get back into training before it all starts again.”