Daniel Ricciardo 'will accept' Max Verstappen apology

01 August, 2017, 22:49 | Author: Douglas Reid
  • 'Elbows out' for Ricciardo at Hungary GP

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner has called for calm, as tensions between teammates Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen threaten to spill over into all-out war.

After both Red Bull drivers made a good start on the Hungaroring, Ricciardo was left fuming as his race ended at the hands of Verstappen in a manoeuvre that left the Australian fuming.

While Verstappen's vehicle was undamaged, Ricciardo was out of the race with a holed radiator. Asked if the latest set of upgrades were big enough to warrant the B-spec title, Ricciardo said the early signs suggested a significant step. There's no way there was ever room, because Valtteri was covering the inside anyway.

Despite Ricciardo's initial fury - with television images showing him flicking his middle finger at Verstappen from the side of the track - Horner said he calmed down later when his team-mate said sorry. Obviously he got the penalty and all that, and it's obvious whose mistake it was, it doesn't change my race.

Ricciardo, a 2014 victor in Hungary, had been fastest in Friday practice and had hopes of a good result with a vehicle benefiting from aerodynamic updates and well suited to the circuit.

Daniel Ricciardo displayed at Silverstone his overtaking abilities and is licking his lips at more opportunities at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

"There isn't an excuse for it", he said. I saw it as a racing incident.

Verstappen was given a 10-second timed penalty for causing the collision, as well as two penalty points on his superlicence.

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"It was never my intention to hit anyone and especially my team-mate, who I have a good relationship with".

"Someone hit me. If that's who I think it was, that's f--!"

He swore over the radio about the incident, and described his 19-year-old team-mate as "a sore loser".

"It's harder on the rear tyres of course, you need to keep them under control".

Besides prevailing in the inaugural Azerbaijan Grand Prix at Baku, Daniel Ricciardo finished in the podium at Spain, Monaco, Canada and Austria for a tally of 117 FIA World Championship points midway through the season.

"My start was actually quite good but then I got squeezed a bit wide on to the astro-turf and lost quite a bit of speed".

Verstappen apologised to both Ricciardo and the team in his media interviews after the race, and said he would discuss it with his team-mate in private. "Everything started in turn one".

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