Daniel Ricciardo’s extraordinary run of bad luck hit new heights this week, copping yet another mechanical failure just hours after his early exit in the Mexican Grand Prix.
Reports from Mexico have emerged revealing the Aussie Formula One ace’s rental car broke down in downtown Mexico City in the early hours of Monday morning.
It’s understood Ricciardo had been keen to sample some authentic Mexican tacos before leaving the country, only to have his hopes dashed when his rented Nissan Maxima experienced engine failure just a few blocks from his hotel.
While the faulty vehicle was not issued by his employers at Red Bull, the energy drink empire’s racing chiefs still conducted a hasty internal investigation to clear overrated golden child Max Verstappen of any involvement in the incident amid a strained relationship between the teammates.
A source close to Ricciardo revealed that it was this incident, and not his forced retirement in the Mexican GP, that triggered suggestions he may sit out the remainder of the F1 season.
‘I think Dan’s just had enough of being behind the wheel for a while to be honest,’ our source told us.
‘Eight retirements in a season is stupidly bad luck, but now that even his rentals are letting him down he’s starting to feel like he might have better luck with public transport.’
The incident was an unfortunate end to a weekend that started with such promise when he tripped major nutsack upon claiming pole position for the race.