'F***ing idiot': Rival blasts Daniel Ricciardo over 'dangerous' collision

Riley Morgan
·Sports Reporter

Daniel Ricciardo has been labelled a ‘f***ing idiot’ following a collision with rival Kevin Magnussen after a collision that saw the Haas driver wiped out.

Red Bull's Max Verstappen has won Formula One's Brazilian Grand Prix for his eighth career victory in a race that ended disastrously for both Ferrari drivers.

Verstappen controlled nearly all the race at Interlagos, which saw a dramatic late collision between Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc when fighting for fourth position. Both failed to finish.

But it was Ricciardo finishing in sixth that caused issues for Magnussen, after the pair collided on Lap-8.

Daniel Ricciardo was slammed after colliding with Kevin Magnussen at the Brazilian GP. (Images: Fox Sports/Getty Images)
Daniel Ricciardo was slammed after colliding with Kevin Magnussen at the Brazilian GP. (Images: Fox Sports/Getty Images)

The Aussie and Magnussen had both dropped positions from the start when Ricciardo attempted to take advantage of Tun 4 and pass.

But as he accelerated and took the inside kerb, Ricciardo clipped Magnussen’s back left wheel.

A furious Magnussen spun off the track and appeared to label Ricciardo a “f***ing idiot” over the team radio.

‘Dangerous’ Ricciardo move

Prominent Sky Sports F1 commentator Martin Brundle labelled the move “dangerous”.

“I must admit, when I saw the other angles and I realised just how much space he had been given, it’s because he went onto the kerb,” he said.

“I don’t think he can complain about that one, Daniel. It’s a close call, but I don’t think you can complain about it.

“It’s really dangerous.”

Ricciardo carried on, but was forced to take a pit stop and replace his front wing and soft tyres.

Magnussen was able to recover as he finished 11th in the Brazilian GP.

Mercedes' six-times world champion Lewis Hamilton was demoted from third to seventh.

In a race of safety cars and surprises at Interlagos on Sunday, Pierre Gasly crossed in second place for Red Bull-owned Toro Rosso in a rare Honda-powered one-two.

Hamilton chased the Frenchman across the line for third but post-race was handed a five-second penalty for tangling with Red Bull's Alex Albon in a frantic finale to the season's penultimate round.

Hamilton's demotion lifted Carlos Sainz to the podium, Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi upgraded to fourth and fifth respectively, and Australia's Daniel Ricciardo up to sixth.

"I fully accept responsibility," said Hamilton, who apologised to Albon for costing the rookie a likely first podium and Red Bull a one-two.

With AAP