Not sure I understand the Ricciardo idea but a very interesting coincidence.
Drivers who retire late in the race, or who get lapped during the race can be classified as having finished provided that they complete 90% of the race. So if, for example, the race is 100 laps long and you retire on lap 93, you will still be considered to have finished the race. Daniel Ricciardo was not classified as having finished the 2011 Italian Grand Prix, because he did not complete 90% of the race distance, which was roughly 47 laps. He only completed 39. This was because, at the start of the race, his car went into anti-stall mode and could not be re-started. He was returned to the pits, and although the team got him back out onto the circuit, he did not drive out until lap 8. Since the race had already passed 10% of its total distance on lap 6, Ricciardo could not physically complete 90% of the race. Therefore, because he did not actually start the race, he was unable to officially complete it.