Penalised: Daniel Ricciardo's Australian Grand Prix curse strikes again

Daniel Ricciardo believes he can challenge for this year's title

Daniel Ricciardo believes he can challenge for this year's title

No home driver has ever recorded a pole position or podium finish in the 33-year history of the Australian GP, although Ricciardo did climb the rostrum in second place in 2014 only to be disqualified for a fuel flow technicality on his Red Bull vehicle.

The Western Australian was found by the stewards to have not slowed sufficiently for a red flag during Friday's second practice session.

Expanding further to Sky Sports, Ricciardo added: "I can agree with everyone that there's other penalties they could have used".

The Australian driver explained to FIA that an error might have occurred in reading his car's dashboard.

No home driver has finished on the podium in the 33-year history of the Australian GP, although Ricciardo did climb the rostrum in second place in 2014 only to be disqualified for a fuel flow technicality on his Red Bull vehicle. "Expect a fired up Honey Badger this weekend!"

Ricciardo's compatriot and predecessor at Red Bull Racing, Mark Webber, never unlocked the secret to conquering his home race; in a 215-race career, Melbourne was the only grand prix in Webber's 12-year F1 tenure where he never made the podium. "To be honest, I feel sorry for the guys in front of me tomorrow as they're the ones I'm going to have to take my anger out on".

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"I don't think (the stewards) wanted to give him the penalty but they had to", the Briton said.

Verstappen's ascension and potential, and Ricciardo's pending free agency, has given rise to talk of a move away from Red Bull, the company that provided a financial pathway to F1 in order to make his world championship dream a reality. We had quite a lot of understeer.

"The stewards therefore are imposing a lesser penalty than usual". "Particularly from Q2 to Q3 - I knew they had a bit more, I expected them to be more than two tenths quicker than us".

Last year, he crashed during qualifying, had to start the race from pit-lane due to a reliability problem and ended up retiring midway. But I think even him at 90 percent with that package that they had today, he still would've got pole.

Ricciardo was sixth fastest in Friday's opening session.

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