Red Bull team principal Christian Horner empathised with Ricciardo while taking a sly dig at his future employers, who are now Red Bull's engine providers.
Ricciardo was sitting in fourth on the ninth lap of the race when his vehicle conked out on him - his fifth DNF in 10 races.
Whereas there was joy on one side of the garage, there was disappointment in the other as Daniel Ricciardo's last United States Grand Prix with Red Bull before he joins the Renault Sport Formula One Team for 2019 lasted just eight laps, with Horner admitting the whole team feels for the Australian who has had the majority of the bad luck this season.
"I think really since Montreal he has driven some brilliant races", said Horner, when asked by Autosport about Verstappen's turnaround.
"It was exactly the same failure as in Bahrain earlier in the year, where it looks like a major issue in the energy store and it just takes out all of the power", Horner said.
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Ricciardo has already committed to a post-season switch to rivals Renault amongst rumours about his relationship with Red Bull.
Cape Town - Max Verstappen says some members of the Red Bull team are seeing the amusing side in Daniel Ricciardo's misfortune.
"It's ironic that it always happens on his vehicle", Red Bull team boss Christian Horner is quoted by German media outlet Auto Bild. "He's just taken his frustration out on his room by putting his fist through the wall, which you can totally relate to. I want to be able to celebrate with the team at least one more time and be on the podium to enjoy that feeling, but we're running out of races, which is pretty tough to take at the moment".
"I hope no more penalties, we should have enough components for him not to".
"We are hopeful that it will be the same again this year, and realistically it is our last shot at winning a race between now and the end of the year". I'm sure he'll have a few words with his future employer about it.
The 21-year-old is tipped to repeat last season's heroics in Mexico City, where Verstappen dominated to win the race.