KIMI Raikkonen has won a tense US Grand Prix, breaking the record for most races between victories in Formula 1 history, while Daniel Ricciardo vented his frustration in the paddock after retiring on lap eight.
Ricciardo was running in fourth place when his vehicle lost power exiting the Turn 11 hairpin early in the race, forcing him into his seventh retirement of the season.
The US Grand Prix was Ricciardo's seventh DNF of the 2018 season, while his teammate Verstappen soared from 18th on the grid to finish second, and team principal Christian Horner empathised with his outgoing driver's plight in the immediate aftermath in Austin.
"You can't blame him, the frustration that is in him", Horner said of Ricciardo.
"It looks identical to the power unit issue he had in Bahrain where it's just gone into complete shutdown - you could see it mid-corner".
Interestingly, Renault, Ricciardo's next employers, have been providing customer engines for Red Bull, which will certainly raise some concern for the Australian. With the issues that are happening he knows it's not the team issue - he knows it's nothing that we've done and he can't get his head around why it keeps happening to him.
Horner was delighted with Verstappen's performance.
"Thankfully we have one in more our allocation that we introduced in Sochi, meaning we should avoid a penalty in Mexico next weekend". With 21-year-old Max Verstappen in the passenger seat, the duo were bound to get up to some shenanigans.
"I think really since Montreal he has driven some brilliant races", Horner told Motorsport.com. It was the other way round previous year with Max but as Renault's premier driver I think you wouldn't expect these issues to be happening.
"Next year with the Honda engine I think we can fight for the world championship", said Marko. At that point we thought it would be a two-stop race, but we then converted to a one-stop as Max was doing such a great job of managing his tyres.