Ricciardo: We will come back stronger

Daniel Ricciardo has vowed to “come back stronger” after a horror Bahrain Grand Prix for Renault F1 Team.

Both Ricciardo and teammate Nico Hulkenberg were forced to retire with mechanical problems three laps short of finishing at the Bahrain International Circuit on Sunday.

Ricciardo had gambled on a one-stop strategy during the race, which also failed to pay dividends.

“A lot happened in the race today,” Ricciardo said. “Initially it looked like we had competitive pace and we therefore committed to a one-stop strategy.

“As we got deeper into the first stint I could tell that the tyres were struggling a lot. In hindsight, two-stops would have been better. Towards the end, as the others were coming through, I couldn’t do too much to defend.

“I wanted to put up more of a fight but it was not possible, sadly.

“It was a very up and down weekend, a lot happened, and we will take some time to absorb everything and come back stronger.”

The double DNF is another blow to the start of Renault’s 2019 campaign, with Ricciardo also retiring from the season-opening Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix 2019 last month.

Ricciardo will get back behind the wheel when a two-day test begins in Bahrain on Tuesday, before the season continues with the historic 1000th F1® race at the Chinese Grand Prix on 14 April.

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