Ricciardo lashes 'sore loser' teammate Verstappen

 

Max Verstappen says he'll try to smooth over his relationship with teammate Daniel Ricciardo after enraging the Australian by ending his Hungarian Grand Prix on the opening lap.

Verstappen apologised after driving into side of the Riccirado's Red Bull car as they came through the fourth turn, although he insisted it was accidental.

Ricciardo, who maintains fourth place in Formula One championships standings, had passed the 19-year-old into turn two to move up to fourth having started from sixth on the grid.

The teammates started the 11th race of the season positively, both jumping the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton on the first turn at Hungaroring.

But the crash ended the race for Ricciardo, who went off the circuit and was losing oil.

It 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.

Ricciardo hit out at his teammate after being taken out. Pic: Getty

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

"F****ng sore loser," Ricciardo said.

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

Ricciardo was still fuming when asked about the collision between the two Red Bulls.

"That was amateur to say the least," Ricciardo told reporters.

"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 Verstappen to take full responsibility.

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

Verstappen apologised over the incident. Pic: Getty

"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."

Verstappen offered up an apology immediately after the race.

"It is of course not what you want," Verstappen said of the incident.

"The start was actually quite good but then we were both fighting for position into turn two. I had a car in front of me and I locked up and then I was a passenger.

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

"I apologise to Daniel and I will speak to him in private. We will sort it out."

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