Daniel Ricciardo says he is fully committed to seeing out the final two races of this season with Red Bull, despite frustrations boiling over at the Mexican Grand Prix.
Ricciardo was overjoyed at claiming his third career pole position at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, pipping team-mate Max Verstappen by just 0.026s .
However, race day brought more misery on the Australian’s luckless 2018 campaign when a clutch issue forced him to retire for the eighth time this year.
In the aftermath of the grand prix, Ricciardo told TV crews his car was “cursed” and admitted his replacement for next season Pierre Gasly could drive his car in the remaining two rounds.
Despite his initial comments, Ricciardo took to his instagram account to post a video assuring fans he is motivated to finish his Red Bull career on a high before his move to Renault in 2019.
“I just wanted to say g’day and firstly address a few things from Mexico,” he said.
“First one’s first, I will be doing the last two races, that’s what I’m about. I ain’t about that other life.
“It’s been obviously massive highs and lows this year, more lows unfortunately.
“It’s been frustrating, I won’t lie. I look to myself and all the guys who work their butts off to give it two more cracks before we see each other off.
“So I will be there. I just needed a few days off, really. It feels good.”