Daniel Ricciardo's Horror Start Just Got A Whole Lot More Horrible
It's starting to look like it'll be a very, very long season for the Aussie after another DNF at the Bahrain Grand Prix
Reigning F1 champ Lewis Hamilton won the race, rising Ferrari star Charles Leclerc should have won it, but for Aussie F1 fans, the big news was Daniel Ricciardo failing to finish again.
And in weird circumstances too.
At the Aussie GP in Melbourne two weeks ago, Ricciardo didn't make it through the first lap. In Bahrain, he made it through to lap 55 and was in line for a top 10 finish after leading the race at one point, when his Renault mysteriously stopped.
Even stranger, his teammate Nico Hulkenberg's car broke down at exactly the same moment.
Whether both cars simultaneously suffered the same engine fault is not yet known. What we can say without fear is that this is a horror start to the season for the 29-year-old Aussie, who switched teams from Red Bull over the summer with high hopes.
In February, Renault released a mock video in which Ricciardo had a terrible first day at work with almost everything going wrong. That is now looking more like a documentary than a parody.
Earlier, 21-year-old Monaco driver Leclerc appeared certain to turn his first ever pole position into a first ever win. But 10 laps before the end of the night Grand Prix, a problem with his Ferrari ended his charge. He clung on to finish third -- his first F1 podium.
Australian GP winner Valtteri Bottas finished second, giving Mercedes its second one-two finish of the year.