Horner: Verstappen ‘rode the storm’ during tough start to the year

Formula One World Championship

Formula One World Championship

But Verstappen has made huge strides in the second half of the campaign, and last weekend charged flawlessly through the field in the US Grand Prix at Austin from 18th on the grid to finish second.

Ricciardo was running in fourth place when his auto lost power exiting the Turn 11 hairpin early in the race, forcing him into his seventh retirement of the season.

"You can't blame him, the frustration that is in him", Horner said.

"It was an identical issue to that which he had in Bahrain where it was a complete shut down".

The Dutchman endured a disappointing first few months of the season and across the first six races was involved in at least one incident each weekend that cost him, and others, dearly.

Ricciardo, who leaves Red Bull for Renault next season, was battling for a possible podium finish when he was forced into retirement.

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Verstappen's charge to second has lifted Red Bull's hopes of ending the year strongly, but Horner said the team's current power deficit with Renault's engine means this weekend's Mexican GP is its last proper chance of a win.

The Red Bull Formula One driver raised his hands in the air in rage at his seventh DNF of the year as the trackside motorbike arrived to bring him back to the sheds. With 21-year-old Max Verstappen in the passenger seat, the duo were bound to get up to some shenanigans.

"I hope no more penalties, we should have enough components for him not to".

"When I signed, I knew that there was work ahead", Ricciardo admitted, "But I know that they're putting a lot of effort into making things better and expanding a lot of departments and trying to make '19 stronger". Today he's driven an unbelievable race.

Raikkonen ended a five year losing streak at the Texan track, with his last win occurring at the 2013 Australian Grand Prix with Lotus - a gap of 112 races.

"We're lacking that horsepower, and this will give us a fairer chance on a Saturday, and you can see we've got a good race auto".

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