Ricciardo lashes 'sore loser' team-mate after crash in Hungary



July 31, 2017 01:13:52

Daniel Ricciardo had his Hungarian Grand Prix end on the opening lap when Red Bull team-mate Max Verstappen drove into the side of the Australian’s RB13 racer.

Sebastian Vettel won a tense finish in a Ferrari one-two that stretched his championship lead to 14 points after Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton sportingly surrendered third place to his team-mate.

Ricciardo and Verstappen made good starts from sixth and fifth respectively, both jumping Hamilton on the first turn.

Ricciardo then passed his Dutch team-mate into turn two to move into fourth before Verstappen hit him as they came through the next corner.

The incident did irreparable damage to Ricciardo’s Red Bull, which went off the circuit and was spilling a lot of oil.

The incident sparked an angry reaction from Ricciardo over the team radio.

“Someone hit me. Is that who I think it was?” Ricciardo asked his race engineer.

“Yes,” came the reply from Red Bull, and then Ricciardo did not mince his words.

“F****ng sore loser,” Ricciardo exclaimed.

While the incident ended Ricciardo’s race, Verstappen was given a 10-second penalty but still managed to finish the race in fifth as he barrelled down on the Mercedes of Hamilton at the death.

‘It was an emotional response’

Ricciardo was left to fume some more when asked by reporters at the circuit about the collision between the two Red Bulls.

“That was amateur to say the least,” Ricciardo said.

“It’s not like he was trying to pass. He doesn’t like people passing him.

“I didn’t really know what happened. It’s just frustrating — it was not even an overtaking move.

“It was an emotional response.”

Ricciardo also called for his 19-year-old team-mate to take full responsibility for the error, hinting the pair might have further issues with each other if the Dutchman does not accept the incident was his fault.

“In that moment the team said sorry and they will speak to Max,” Ricciardo added.

“Let’s see if he acts his age or like a man about it and admits the error.

“I could go and call him names after the accident but if he starts bringing in other excuses in then we will have a problem.”

Given Verstappen’s tale of woe in recent races, which has seen him retire five times this year, Ricciardo was asked if he felt his teammate might have an excuse for pushing so hard — but the Australian was having none of it.

“I don’t think there is an excuse for it,” he said.







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July 31, 2017 00:46:00

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