Daniel Ricciardo’s career at Renault has started in horrific fashion after disaster stuck the Australian literally within seconds of the season-opener, which was won by Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas.
Ricciardo was edged onto the Albert Park grass when the lights went out at the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday, causing him to lose his front wing and be pushed to the back of the pack.
The wing was replaced but further damage to the side of his vehicle was reported, which appeared to hinder his race pace as he failed to climb back through the pack.
He was retired on lap 38, while Bottas converted on his lap one pass of teammate Lewis Hamilton to claim the first chequered flag of the season.
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