Daniel Ricciardo was left feeling "helpless" after a late engine issue cost him a podium finish in Sunday's Mexican Grand Prix, with the Red Bull Formula 1 driver saying he was "done" with the RB14 car following the latest in a long line of issues.

Ricciardo scored his second pole position of the year on Saturday in Mexico, but a poor start put him out of contention for victory as Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen dominated proceedings at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.

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Ricciardo was shifted onto a one-stop strategy that saw him rise back up to second place, putting him a staunch defence to Sebastian Vettel in the closing stages of the race.

After moving out of DRS range, Ricciardo's engine began to fail on Lap 60, forcing him to park up at the end of the main straight one lap later and retire from the race, ending his hopes of a first podium finish since the Monaco Grand Prix in May.

Summing up his feelings after the race, Ricciardo said he thought "helpless" was the best word before making reference to his 2019 Red Bull replacement, Pierre Gasly, saying he could drive the car.

"Helpless I think is the best word. Just another problem with this car," Ricciardo said in the TV pen after the race.

"It has not been a clean weekend for so long, and even today, the starts have been so good all weekend, the practice starts. For the race start, it’s all over the place with the pre-start.

"Just things are happening on a Sunday that I’ve got no more explanation for. I don’t know.

"The car… I’ll let Gasly drive it, I’m done with it."

Ricciardo is now 70 points behind teammate Verstappen in the drivers' standings after his latest setback, which was his eighth retirement of the season.

 

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