Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo of Australia steers his car during qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.
Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo of Australia steers his car during qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne. Rick Rycroft

Ricciardo crashes out in Australian GP qualifying

IT is the moment that Daniel Ricciardo will wish he could have a do-over.

The Australian crashed out of the final phase of qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix, sliding into the barriers just a couple of corners from home.

The rear of the Red Bull slid out just as he passed the apex of Turn 14, Ricciardo slithering his way to a gentle bump with the barriers.

"I'm okay, I'm all right," he said over the team radio.

"Sorry guys."

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner backed his driver, saying he just overstepped the limit while trying to get more speed out of the car.

"I think that's the first spin he's had all winter," he said.

"Obviously just stepping it up a gear for qualifying and just got away from him.

"Once the momentum's gone there and you're out on the dust, there's only one way it's going unfortunately."

Although Ricciardo was uninjured, the same could not be said of his car.

The right rear suspension was knocked askew as was the rear wing, with speculation that the gearbox may need replacing.

"I don't know," Horner said.

"The crash structures on these things are pretty good these days, but we'll have to get it back and inspect it."

With Ricciardo almost certain to sit 10th on the timesheets after qualifying, a gearbox replacement would mean a penalty that would see him start his home race from 15th.

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