Aussie Daniel Ricciardo has battled his way through the field at the Singapore GP after starting from the back of the grid following a technical infringement.
Despite the Renault driver demonstrating strong pace through qualifying and out-qualifying teammate Nico Hulkenberg, the Aussie star was relegated to start P20.
Ricciardo remained focused despite clear frustration, determined to make a mark on the tight Marina Bay Street Circuit which is traditionally hard to overtake on.
Impressive overtaking saw the Australian running as high as P3, looking set for a strong result before contact with Antoni Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo) caused a puncture and put an end to the Aussie’s charge.
“It was a long one today and it’s a shame it ended up like that,” The Australian said after the race.
“The start was fun with some good overtakes and getting into a decent position.
“I gained some confidence there and got into a rhythm. We were ticking every box and really made the most of everyone being bunched up.
“Then it all came undone with the incident and the puncture meant our race was more or less over. We deserved a better outcome today.”
The Renault driver finished P14, leaving Ricciardo to contemplate what could have been.
Disappointing news for @danielricciardo After qualifying a strong P8 at the #SingaporeGP he's been disqualified from the results of the session due to exceeding his MGU-K power limit #F1 pic.twitter.com/Kw5StX5WRs
— Australian Grand Prix #AusGP (@ausgrandprix) September 22, 2019
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel won his first race of the season, ahead of team-mate Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen (Red Bull Racing).
Ricciardo returns to the track this weekend at the Russian Grand Prix on 27-29 September.