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.”

Recapping the 2018 Dakar Rally with “best of” video highlights

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EDITOR’S NOTE: NBCSN will air additional Dakar Rally highlights on Monday at 7 p.m. ET.

As it has done so for four decades, the 40th annual Dakar Rally – the most grueling test of man and machine anywhere – produced a number of surprise finishes and also several disappointments for drivers or riders who were expected to do well in the nearly 5,600-mile trek that began in Peru and continued through Bolivia and ending in Argentina.

NBCSN has aired highlights from all 14 stages (actually 13, because one stage was completely rained out) during the Rally’s two-week run, which concluded Saturday.

Here’s some of the “best of” highlights from the overall Rally highlights, followed by a quick guide that gives you wrapups to all 14 stages.

So, without further adieu, here’s NBCSN’s “best of” the 2018 Dakar Rally:

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of cars

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of bikes

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of trucks

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of quads

Lastly, here’s a day-by-day wrapup of how the Rally played out.

MORE: Dakar Rally daily stages schedule, NBCSN broadcast schedule, list of all competitors.

MORE: Stage 14 overall Rally wrapup

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MORE: Stage 9 cancelled due to weather, impassible course conditions

MORE: Stage 8 wrapup

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