Ricciardo qualifying in doubt after FP3 shutdown

Saturday, 24 november 2018, 06:01 , by Matthew Scott

Daniel Ricciardo pulled up on-track to throw his participation in qualifying into doubt after  Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari fought back in third free practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as the reigning world champion led the red cars in the top three, after Valtteri Bottas and the Red Bulls had dominated things on Fridays.

Ricciardo ground to a halt in the final minutes of FP3 at turn nine after his car lost power on the back straight.

The Australian has suffered a season-high eight DNFs in 2018, giving his final Red Bull season something of a miserable sheen.

It was little surprise to see Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen improve as Ferrari turned up their engines.

Hamilton topped the timesheets with a 1:37.176 as he continues to impress on the back of securing a fifth world title.

Raikkonen was his closest competitor, two tenths off the pace, but the Finn faces a trip to the stewards ahead of qualifying, after baling out of a pitstop while in the pit-lane and crossing the white line.

Hamilton did similar in FP1 and earned a reprimand, so Raikkonen can expect similar.

Max Verstappen was fourth quickest, half a second away from Hamilton – a position that Red Bull may be happy to take from qualifying as they appear to hold an advantage in managing tyres compared to Ferrari and Mercedes.

Ricciardo wasn't the only driver to run into trouble, with Charles Leclerc destroying his Sauber's rear wing in an incident at turn 19, but he was able to re-emerge at the end of the session after some swift work from Sauber's mechanics.

VIDEO: Leclerc destroys rear wing in FP3 crash

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Comments (6)

  • Sam Ab
    Literally an issue every race this season except Australia and Spain. What a joke. The tinfoil hat people claiming sabotage are most likely right in this instance. Because this is beyond a joke. 8 DNF and 6 back of the grid starts coupled with issues in FP consistently disrupting his Race and quali setup.
  • Henk Poolen
    The car knows !! And the car is angy at Daniël. This shit always happens at the end of a love affaire
  • Gabriel Spacca
    I’m sure it’s just coincidence that it’s always his car suffering the breakdowns.
  • Barbara Gouin
    Why always Daniel's car hope they get it fixed
  • Martin Hossell
    Has to sabotage

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