'Painful to see': Daniel Ricciardo in 'heartbreaking' F1 calamity

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Daniel Ricciardo, pictured here in action in the Styrian Grand Prix.
Daniel Ricciardo finished 13th in the Styrian Grand Prix. Image: Getty

Daniel Ricciardo's McLaren misery went from bad to worse on Sunday after he finished way down in 13th place in the Styrian Grand Prix.

Max Verstappen dominated the race to extend his championship lead over Lewis Hamilton, leading for every lap at Red Bull's home track in Spielberg to take the chequered flag 35 seconds clear of the title holder.

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Hamilton kept Verstappen honest on Sunday but never threatened to challenge as the Dutchman secured his second win in a week and fourth of the year, increasing his title advantage from 12 points to 18.

Hamilton secured a bonus point for the fastest lap, while his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas took third ahead of Red Bull's Sergio Perez, with Lando Norris fifth for McLaren.

Once again, it was a hugely disappointing day for Australian Ricciardo, who finished eight places behind his young British teammate Norris.

Ricciardo made a fast start to Sunday's race and moved from 13th to ninth place after overtaking Yuki Tsunoda, Charles Leclerc, Pierre Gasly and Carlos Sainz.

But the Aussie suffered a sadly familiar loss of power not long after and was passed by Tsunoda, Sainz, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen.

Ricciardo fell to P15 after pitting on lap 43 and was only able to overtake Esteban Ocon and Antonio Giovinazzi across the course of the remaining race.

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Ricciardo heartbroken after more McLaren misery

The 13th-placed finish is Ricciardo's worst of the year and just the second time this season he's failed to secure any points.

“It was such a unlucky race, really. We went from 13th to eight,” Ricciardo said in a post-race interview.

“It was an awesome start, awesome first lap and put us in such a strong position ahead of a lot of our quicker rivals.

“We were sitting pretty and all of a sudden I lost power so every position and more that I gained I basically just waved them on through.

“We were able to fix it on track. It was a control issue so were able to get it but then it was too late. And then I’m back in the mess that I did well to get out of on the first lap.

“Then you’re in traffic and you’re in a train and then honestly the race is over after that.”

Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas, pictured here on the podium after the Styrian Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas celebrate on the podium after the Styrian Grand Prix. (Photo by Andrea Diodato/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Ricciardo said he was "heartbroken" by the result.

“It’s disheartening for sure. Out of our control for sure,” he said.

“I look at positions - I was ahead of Sainz on the same strategy and he finished sixth so I think we could have been sixth today.

“It was painful to see all the work undone when you’re trying to fix it and everyone’s just going past you.

“The weekend went from bad worse and I look forward to getting out of here and coming back next week with a fresh approach.”

The 31-year-old was at a loss to explain his continued woes in his new McLaren car.

“It hasn’t (happened before). I don’t know exactly what it is yet,” he said.

“I know a lot of cars were looking for clear air to get some cooling so it could have been temperature-related. If I was to have a wild guess right now I would say that but I’m honestly not sure.

“I mean it’s obviously heartbreaking for me and disheartening but I’m not the only one that feels this pain.”

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