After retiring with an electronics failure in Bahrain last weekend, Daniel Ricciardo was hoping that China might bring him a little more luck. Sadly not.
The Red Bull driver suffered a full old-school smoke-screen engine blow-out during Free Practice 3 and it’s now going to take something special to get Danny Ric out in qualy.
Team boss Christian Horner told Sky Sports.
“I think we’ve got a suspected turbo failure. Whether that’s damaged the combustion engine as well only time will tell. It certainly looks turbo orientated at the moment.
“The boys have got to work a miracle to get that turned around for qualifying now. It’s a big task to try and get it turned around for qualifying.”**
If Ricciardo does make qualifying it looks like a grid-drop will be on the cards anyway, which’ll be his second in three races. Ouch.