Ricciardo’s points streak ends in Brazil due to suspension failure

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Daniel Ricciardo’s Brazilian Grand Prix came to an early end today after a front suspension failure forced him to retire from the race, ending his 15-race run of top ten finishes.

After qualifying ninth in Brazil, Ricciardo made a good start to get into a battle with Red Bull teammate Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, which eventually settled down as the race wore on. Running net seventh, the Australian looked set to claim a good haul of points until the problem emerged on lap 40 of the race.

“When I went into turn one, the car went to the right and I knew there was a problem,” Ricciardo explained. “I came into the pits and the team told me it was suspension failure and we retired.

“It had been a bit of a boring race, we were close to everyone but not close enough to have many fight. I would have liked to have had a bit more fun, but it didn’t really happen.

“It’s a shame, but I had a pretty good run until now, so I can’t be too greedy. It would be good to finish on the podium at the final race of the season.”

Ricciardo has been one of the breakout stars in Formula 1 this year, claiming three victories in a year that has been dominated by Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner said that the root of the issue will be investigated following the race, but he was pleased with the end result as, with Vettel finishing fifth, the team secured second place in the constructors’ championship.

“With Daniel, unfortunately we had a front suspension issue,” Horner said. “He thought it might be a front brake, but in the end it turned out to be the front suspension that had failed so we need to investigate what happened.

“Despite all that, we managed to secure second in the constructors’ championship which, considering where we started the season, is a huge credit to the entire team for the fight back that we put up this year. We now look forward to the last race in Abu Dhabi.”

NEOM McLaren Formula E announces Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast for 2023 season

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Doubling down on their commitment to electric auto sports, McLaren Racing announced Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast to compete in the 2023 Formula E Series (FE), which completes their driver lineup.

The NEOM McLaren FE team was formed by the acquisition of the Mercedes-EQ Formula E team that won the 2021 and 2022 championships with Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries behind the wheel.

“Today’s announcement feels like a long time coming,” said Ian James, managing director of NEOM McLaren Electric Racing in a release. “Since May this year, when we first announced McLaren Racing’s entry into Formula E, we have been working tirelessly to get in place the best possible team and structure for sustainable success.

“On the one hand, we have been working on the retention of the amazing talent that already was in place before going into the transitional phase. I’m proud to say I think we’ve done a great job on that front.

“On the other hand, we have been focusing on putting in place new processes and new talent – and the latter includes the drivers.”

The driver lineup clasps the two hands together.

Hughes brings 10 years racing experience in single seater cars, including a role with the acquired Mercedes-EQ team as a reserve and development driver for the past two seasons. He is the 2013 BRDC Formula 4 champion and has multiple wins in Formula 2, including two in 2020.

Announced in August, Rast joins the team after earning two podium finishes and six top-fives in 22 career Formula E starts for Audi Sport ABT before returning to the DTM Series last year. Rast’s best finish in Formula E came in the Puebla E Prix when he finished second to teammate Lucas di Grassi by less than a half second.

McLaren’s commitment to Formula E comes one year after they entered the Extreme E rally series in 2022 with Tanner Foust and Emma Gilmour in the driver lineup. After a modest start to the season, the McLaren XE drivers crossed the finish line first in Round 4 in Chile, but were assessed a time penalty that dropped them to fifth. Last week in the season finale in Uruguay, they held onto a hard-earned second place finish.