'Nightmare': Disbelief over Daniel Ricciardo disaster in Brazil

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Daniel Ricciardo (pictured left) being interviewed after withdrawing from the race and (pictured right) getting ready in his McLaren.
Daniel Ricciardo (pictured left) suffered a tough week in Brazil after he was forced to withdraw from the GP due to power loss. (Images: Fox Sports/Getty Images)

Australian F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo suffered a horror race week after he was forced to withdraw from the Brazilian Grand Prix after his car suffered power loss.

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Meanwhile, Ricciardo didn't have the best sprint race earlier, after dropping back from eighth in his McLaren.

The Australian appeared to turn the corner on Monday (AEDT) and was looking good as he reached as high as fourth before making a stop in eighth position.

But, after 51 laps, Ricciardo was forced to pull out of the race after his car suffered power loss.

Ricciardo's withdrawal brought an end to his 34-race finishing streak, the second longest on the grid.

The McLaren star said he felt his engine start to go a few laps earlier and tried to persevere before calling time.

“I felt it coming in a few laps earlier and [my engineer] had also noticed it so I asked him if we could do something to help,” Ricciardo said of his withdrawal.

“We made a couple of switch changes but it was dropping more and more and we couldn’t fix it on track.

“Hopefully it’s recoverable but it was game over today.

Daniel Ricciardo laments uncontrollable Brazil disaster

Ricciardo said he thought the race was going well, but the power loss was not an issue he had seen this year.

“Not this year. I guess that’s a good thing. We’ve been pretty robust this year but obviously these things can happen," he added.

“We were looking like we were going to get a few points and the race was going pretty well, we were coping pretty well – potentially a one-stop strategy could have worked out for us strongly.

“It was definitely a better day than yesterday and I was happy with how we were going but it was just out of our control today.”

Fans were left shattered for the Australian, who was finally looking strong before his McLaren broke down.

Teammate Lando Norris was able to battle back from a punctured tyre to claim 0th spot and earn a point for McLaren.

However, McLaren now trail Ferrari in the battle for third position.

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