Ricciardo secures his seventh podium finish in Austin

The United States Grand Prix dealt Red Bull a weekend of mixed fortunes.

Daniel Ricciardo finished in third but his team-mate Max Verstappen had to retire due to gearbox failure:

“It was a very unfortunate way to end the race, especially as the first part was so positive. I pitted and then realised they hadn’t actually made the call, luckily it didn’t affect the end result.

“Shortly after I had come back on track I heard a banging noise coming from the engine so I pulled the clutch, they then asked me to release it again and keep going so they could try and work out what it was, unfortunately we couldn’t solve it and it ended my race, “said Verstappen.

Ricciardo continued his good form this season as he finished on the podium for the seventh occasion he said:

“I think we were looking good for P2 but then the Virtual Safety Car didn’t work in our favour today. I’m not going to be too disappointed, it’s just cool to be on the podium here.

“It’s another big bag of points and we at least had Nico’s pace so that’s encouraging and we’ll try and do what we can in the next few days.”

Team Principal Christian Horner is delighted with the form of his team ahead of the Mexican GP:

“Taking away a podium finish and extending our lead over Ferrari in the Constructors’ Championship to 53 points are positives.”

Dominic Rust

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