‘I owe it to myself and to all the guys that work their butts off’ Daniel Ricciardo makes U-turn on threat to quit, stating he will compete for Red Bull in final two races of the season
- Daniel Ricciardo claimed on Monday he was ready to walk out on Red Bull
- Australian has endured miserable second half of the season
- After retiring from Mexican Grand Prix he said he would let Pierre Gasly drive car
- Gasly will replace Renault-bound Ricciardo at Red Bull for 2019 season
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Daniel Ricciardo has backed down on his threats to quit Red Bull two early races early after confirming he will feature in the grands prix of Brazil and Abu Dhabi to round off the season.
Ricciardo has retired from the last two races, including in Mexico on Sunday when a late mechanical failure robbed him of a likely second place at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.
But having claimed he would not race in the final two races of the season, the Australian admitted he had calmed down since his post-race comments and that he would see out the campaign.
Daniel Ricciardo took to Instagram to state he would feature in the final two races of the year
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‘I will be doing the last two races. That’s what I’m about. I’m not about that other life!’ Ricciardo said on Instagram.
‘It’s been massive highs and lows this year. More lows unfortunately. It’s been frustrating, I won’t lie.
‘But I owe it to myself and to all the guys that work their butts off to give it two more cracks before we see each other off.
‘So I will be there – just needed a few days off really. So feels good.’
Ricciardo looked set to hold off Sebastian Vettel to finish second in Mexico before retiring
RICCIARDO AT RED BULL STATS
2014: 3rd (238 points – 3 wins)
2015: 8th (92 points – 0 wins)
2016: 3rd (256 points) – 1 win)
2017: 5th (200 points – 1 win)
2018: 6th (146 points – 1 win)*
* Season till ongoing
Ricciardo’s season has slumped since winning the Monaco Grand Prix in May, and he is on his longest podium drought of 13 races since joining Red Bull in 2014.
Ricciardo will join Renault for next season and on Monday following his retirement in Mexico City had suggested that his replacement for 2019 in Pierre Gasly could drive the car instead.
‘Honestly, now where I am, I don’t see the point of coming on Sunday [Brazilian Grand Prix], I don’t see the point of doing the next two races,’ he said. ‘I’ll let Gasly drive it, I’m done with it.’
Pierre Gasly will step up from Toro Rosso to replace Renault bound Ricciardo in 2019
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