Ricciardo sidelined by electrical issue in British GP

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Daniel Ricciardo’s British Grand Prix was brought to an early end on Sunday after an electrical issue emerged on his Red Bull RB11 car.

After qualifying tenth for the race at Silverstone, Ricciardo made a poor start to drop outside of the points in the opening stages before making an early first pit stop.

The Australian then reported on lap 17 that he was suffering a loss of power on his car, prompting the team to retire the car from the race just six laps later.

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

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

After the race, Renault’s Thierry Salvi confirmed that Ricciardo’s retirement had been caused by an electrical issue on his engine that could not be fixed out on track.

“Daniil had a good start and managed to stay at the front,” Salvi said. “His performance in the wet was strong and he deserved the finish.

“Daniel suffered an electrical issue during the race, which affected both the ERS-H and K. Despite several resets, we were not able to fix the issue on track and had to retire. The problem is under investigation and we will resolve it soon.”