Daniel Ricciardo added the latest sad chapter to his time at McLaren on Monday morning AEDT.
The Aussie star has endured a tough time at the Woking-based outfit and he only had himself to blame at the Interlagos Circuit in Brazil.
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After starting from 11th on the grid, Ricciardo jumped up to ninth and found himself behind Haas’ Kevin Magnussen.
Magnussen shocked the Formula 1 world on Saturday when he out-qualified everybody to claim pole position for the Sprint race.
Unfortunately his weekend came to an end at the hands of Ricciardo.
As the field made its way around the track, Ricciardo came in too hot to the corner and slammed his McLaren into the back of Magnussen.
The impact sent Magnussen spinning around and left him in the middle of the track, he let his car roll backwards to get it out of harms way but as it rolled off the track it collected Ricciardo, who was trying to avoid any further carnage.
“It’s all going to go horribly wrong … that is 100 per cent Daniel’s fault,” Martin Brundle said on Sky Sports.
“That was a shame. I’ve got to give that 100 per cent to Daniel I’m afraid.
“In a way you can say don’t roll backwards, jam your foot on the brakes – he had to let it roll backwards and get out the way.”
The horror incident means Ricciardo could be slapped with a penalty ahead of his final race behind the wheel of the McLaren.
The latest disaster only adds to Ricciardo’s nightmare since making the move from Renault after two seasons.
In his first season with McLaren the Aussie finished eighth in the drivers standings, 45 points behind teammate Lando Norris.
Things however have gone even further south in season two as Ricciardo has failed to even come close to a podium finish.
The 33-year-old’s best finish this season came during the Singapore Grand Prix when he crossed the line fifth and he showcased his abilities during the Mexico Grand Prix by claiming a scintillating seventh placed finish.
Unfortunately for Ricciardo fans, the lows have drastically outweighed the highs.
Through 21 races in the 2022 season Ricciardo has only finished in the points on six occasions and had three races where he failed to finish.
In stark contrast, Norris has only finished outside of the points on six occasions with two of those being races where he didn’t finish.
Norris claimed a podium finish at the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix behind Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez.
Ricciardo’s McLaren tenure ends after next weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and the West Australian will be forced to share the garage with his replacement.
Fellow Aussie Oscar Piastri will join McLaren after being granted an early release from his Alpine contract.
Piastri sent the F1 circus into overdrive mid-season when he shunned Alpine after signing a contract to join McLaren, a move that ended at the Contract Recognition Board.
Despite months of backlash and anger from within the Alpine team towards Piastri, the team finally agreed to let him depart early.
The move will allow Piastri to participate in the post-season young driver test that follows in Abu Dhabi, which will give him a first opportunity to drive McLaren’s 2022 car.
For Ricciardo his post-season still remains shrouded in mystery with no indication given as of yet to what his 2023 future holds.
With links to both Mercedes and Red Bull in a reserve driver capacity, Ricciardo is hopeful of rejoining the grid after taking a year off. A move that left former world champion Jenson Button scratching his head.
McLaren’s day went from bad to worse when Norris’ car lost power, forcing him to park the car in the exact same spot where Ricciardo crashed out.