After Daniel Ricciardo’s eighth DNF of the season you can’t blame the Australian for being frustrated with what could have been a promising season for the Red Bull Racing driver.
Before the Mexico Grand Prix the Australian qualified on pole position, not facing any significant mechanical faults in practice or qualifying.
In the race though, it's a different story - Ricciardo was maintaining second, holding off a fast finishing Sebastian Vettel and likely setting up a Red Bull one-two finish.
Unfortunately, the Australian encountered what was initially predicted to be an engine failure, but later determined as a likely hydraulics problem by team boss Christian Horner.
Ricciardo’s season has been monumentally unlucky, to compare - Lewis Hamilton has had eight retirements since joining Mercedes in 2013.
The Australian had a lot to say after the race, clearly distraught with what would have been a promising result: “Everything feels hopeless,
“You know, honestly, now where I am, I don’t see the point of coming on Sunday, I don’t see the point of doing the next two races.
“I’m not superstitious or any of this bulls**t, but… the car’s cursed.
“Even today, you know, the starts have been good all weekend, the practice starts, and for the race start, it’s all over the place with the pre-start.
“Just things are happening on Sunday which I’ve got no more explanation for. The car… I’ll let Gasly drive it, I’m done with it.”
Red Bull team boss Christian Horner knew emotions were running high after Sunday’s race and has since downplayed the Australians comments, adding “He just had an immensely frustrating afternoon, you can understand his frustration and hope that this dark cloud that’s following (him) around lifts for the final two races.”
— Formula 1 (@F1) October 29, 2018