Don't lose heart Daniel
In life two things matter- hard work and hard work.
That's crap. Ever thought about the other thing that matters?
You could be an Ali in the ring, in a swansong appearance and a sudden ligament tear could pull you down.
Luck, as they say, can be a bitch. In other words, you needn't be anyone else but Daniel Ricciardo to understand this.
No one has seen what lies ahead.
Ricciardo is no time traveller.
He's an honest bloke. His face lights up at the forefront of an interesting challenge. He goes for it. He gives it everything. When he smiles, which is very often, interestingly in a sport that is known to make one tense, you smile with him.
Maybe that is what he was meant to do at the conclusion of the 2018 Mexican Grand Prix. Imagine him going all wide-smiles next to Armin Van Bureen?
It couldn't have been any worse for Riccardo when despite running in second, he was put out of the race following a hydraulics failure.
Some fans would've chewed off their fingers, others would've been disgusted.
There's been only agony and no ecstasy for Ricciardo, who, at the conclusion of the race, understandably disgusted pointed to a 'cursed car.'
Thankfully there were no tears.
At times, being macho is to practise some restrain. Ricciardo didn't let himself down, his car did.
One wonders about the following:
What's Horner's take on the unluckiest man on the grid, how does he plan to assuage his exiting driver, a possible world champion material?
Questions are boundless but one can't be blamed for feeling glad that maybe the Honda-powered alliance at Renault starting 2019 would fetch better results.
But here's a bit of an advice, as a fellow F1 fan.
To understand the season that given Ricciardo's ill-fated luck seems more like the 2018 Daniel DNF season, it's important to factor in all he's achieved.
Spare a thought for the man
1. 2 Race Wins despite 8 DNFs
One each at the Chinese Grand Prix and the Monaco Grand Prix.
While in the former, Ricciardo's effort nearly elongated the often toxic Martin Brundle's career, the Briton titling him a 'race burglar', the latter saw the driver fend off Vettel despite suffering a technical snag in his MGU-K power output.
Just how many would've managed that?
2. A fighting P4 at Hungaroring
This was a race where the man described as Hamilton's Wingman endured a race so utterly horrible that he nearly ended Ricciardo's contest as well, after coming to blows with the Australian toward the last part of the race.
3. Showing grit at the Japanese Grand Prix
For a man who began his Suzuka run from fifteenth and ended up at fourth, a few seconds comfortably ahead of Raikkonen, the Japanese Grand Prix underlined the DNA of a man who likes to fight to the very last drip of his blood.
4. The pole at Mexico
At a track where Verstappen seemed dauntless given his recent history at the 71-lap contest, it was Ricciardo not Max who clinched pole, going at a fiery 1:15:866, bettering his Dutch teammate by a margin as dainty as 0.026 seconds.
While luck hasn't favoured him one bit, ditching him akin to an unsure, listless lover rejecting a love interest, Ricciardo should take pride in what he's achieved.
Which other drivers would've managed sixth with most retirements in the year?
No love lost for you ever, Dan!
Chin up, fighter!