Daniel Ricciardo’s Brazilian GP was ended prematurely when he slowed with a front suspension failure on his Red Bull RB10.
He had been running in eighth place when he slowed on lap 39 with what the Aussie at first believed was a brake issue.
“It was a suspension failure,” said team boss Christian Horner. “Obviously we need to quarantine the parts and have a good look at whether any contact has been made earlier in the race, and understand what the cause is. He initially thought it was a disc failure, similar to what we had in practice in Belgium, but actually it was a front left suspension failure.”
Meanwhile Sebastian Vettel finished fifth after earlier losing spots to Kevin Magnussen and Fernando Alonso when he ran wide on the first lap.
“We were the head of the non-Mercedes group!,” said Horner. “Unfortunately there’s no trophy for that. I think today Sebastian got everything there was. He lost a bit of ground on the first lap at Turn 4, I think memories of the first lap a couple of years ago – he gave a little bit of extra spare around there, because he wasn’t sure where Magnussen was. I think his recovery thereafter was very good. His move on Kmi was very strong, out pit stops and strategy were very good, we just weren’t quick enough in sectors one and three.”