Ricciardo, who has not been on the podium since his hard-fought victory in Monaco back in May and has suffered seven race retirements this season, was out of the United States Grand Prix after just eight laps because of a battery issue.
Ricciardo's race last just eight laps until he pulled over at the side of Turn 11 with a terminal auto problem.
Ricciardo was fuming as he was led off the track, and later "put his fist through a wall", according to Red Bull team boss Christian Horner.
"I think really since Montreal he has driven some brilliant races", said Horner, when asked by Autosport about Verstappen's turnaround.
'It was an identical issue to that which he had in Bahrain where it was a complete shut down.
The Dutchman had a troubled start to this year as a spate of crashes and clashes left him facing criticisms about over-driving and a lack of maturity.
Interestingly, Renault, Ricciardo's next employers, have been providing customer engines for Red Bull, which will certainly raise some concern for the Australian. "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".
"Thankfully we have one in more our allocation that we introduced in Sochi, meaning we should avoid a penalty in Mexico next weekend".
"It's ironic that it always happens on his vehicle", Red Bull team boss Christian Horner is quoted by German media outlet Auto Bild.
"When I signed, I knew that there was work ahead", he admitted, "but I know that they're putting a lot of effort into making things better and expanding a lot of departments and trying to make '19 stronger and '20 and whatever".
"We are hoping that with the altitude of Mexico that it will concertina the engines a bit", said Horner. This was vintage Max - fair and hard racing. With 21-year-old Max Verstappen in the passenger seat, the duo were bound to get up to some shenanigans.