Despite four retirements from the last six Grands Prix, Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo hasn’t lost his sense of humour.

Speaking to Sky Sports after his Italian Grand Prix exit the Australian joked, “If I’ve got a penalty in Singapore I’m probably not even going to show up.”

The Australian’s race ended on Lap 25 at Monza after an apparent engine failure when smoke emerged from the rear of his Renault-powered car, initially adding to tensions between the 29-year-old’s current and future teams.

But Renault, for whom Ricciardo will drive for in 2019, declared they were not to blame for the incident, tweeting: “His retirement was not linked to the engine. It was rather a clutch issue.”

Ricciardo started the race from 19th at the back of the grid after taking a penalty for using a new engine, his fourth for the season. He was making up ground before his retirement.

“It’s been another frustrating race for me,” Ricciardo said.

“I passed [Lance] Stroll and looked in the mirror to see if I was clear of him but I couldn’t see that well. I then realised that was because there was a lot of smoke coming out the back of the car and when I reported it to my engineers they asked me to stop.

“I feared it could have been something to do with the power unit but after we got the car back to the garage and the guys investigated, they suspect it’s a clutch issue. It’s been a frustrating period of races but hopefully we can change some things on the car, improve the reliability and aim for the podium in Singapore.”

Ricciardo currently sits 12 points behind teammate Max Verstappen in the championship standings.

Formula 1 takes a break this week before heading to Singapore for the F1 Night Race.

Image via Aston Martin Red Bull Racing

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