The Red Bull driver finished a comfortable sixth at the Sakhir circuit on Sunday, but smoke was seen bellowing from his car moments before he crossed the finish line as his engine gave up.
It means he will have to use another new internal combustion engine (ICE) at the Spanish Grand Prix.
Ricciardo also suffered an engine problem during practice at the season-opening Australian race while the team also fitted a new one ahead of the Chinese GP last week.
He will be onto his fourth ICE in Spain and any new ones fitted after that will lead to an automatic grid penalty.
in an interview with the media this week, Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner has stated that Ricciardo will be on his fourth engine in Barcelona and that the engine will most likely end up as a coffee table. Horner confirmed the following:-
‘All the [post-race] fireworks went off and the engine obviously wanted to join in. It failed 200 metres before the line, but thankfully we had enough momentum to coast over the line.
‘I think that the engine will be a coffee table in the future – that’s three out of four now for Daniel. He’ll be on engine four in Barcelona.’
Further on in his interview, Horner has stated that the team have had problems with the Renault engine at every race so far but despite this; Renault do want to improve their situation. Horner added the following:-
‘We have had problems in every race so far. I went to Paris between China and coming here, I had a constructive discussion with [Renault’s chief performance officer] Jerome Stoll who is the main board member within Renault and they don’t want to be in this position.
‘They want to be in F1 to compete and they want to win, they don’t want to be in the situation that they are, so of course that is not going to come for free. He recognises that and Renault seem committed to finding a solution.’
As Horner says, the Renault power unit hasn’t performed well so far this season and it is clear for all to see that they have some major issues that they need to address and fix as soon as possible.
Of course both parties are not going to be happy with where they are and how they are performing. As Horner says; Renault competes to win, just like Red Bull do. But they both need to concentrate individually and also together as a partnership on developing and Improving the car and also the power unit and see if they can improve their performance in the season ahead.
Renault and Red Bull have the personnel, the resources, the knowledge and the experience to be successful like they have in the past, they just need to find that ‘spark’ that will get them to the level of success that they want to achieve once again; because ultimately; the potential is there.