The brutal moment Red Bull boss jinxed Ricciardo mid-race

If Christian Horner is still trying to convince Daniel Ricciardo to stay at Red Bull, this wouldn’t have helped.

The Red Bull boss made a TV commentary stint for Sky Sports during the Hungarian Grand Prix, but it went horribly wrong in a matter of moments.

Horner found himself at the microphone just as Ricciardo was attempting a difficult overtake of Valtteri Bottas on lap 68.

Ricciardo had the Mercedes driver in his sights as he charged through the field towards an unlikely top-four finish, but he was momentarily derailed when the rivals collided.

Red Bull’s Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo (L) and Mercedes’ Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas race during the Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix at the Hungaroring circuit in Mogyorod near Budapest, Hungary, on July 29, 2018. (Photo by GABOR MONOS / AFP) (Photo credit should read GABOR MONOS/AFP/Getty Images)

And keen-eared TV viewers reckon it was Horner’s fault.

“Looks like he’s (Ricciardo) going to go the hard way round, on the outside,” said Horner.

“I hope he (Bottas) doesn’t then understeer.”

The word ‘understeer’ had barely left Horner’s lips when Bottas proceeded to do exactly that, running Ricciardo off the track.

Ricciardo’s action-packed race included being hit by Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson immediately after the start to push him back to 16th.

“I couldn’t see his car in my blind spot so I left room and then I got the hit but fortunately I didn’t spin,” Ricciardo said of the Bottas incident.

“I thought it was likely he would get a penalty but I really wanted to pass him on track, which fortunately I could do on the last lap.

“I was happy today, happy to finish and get some points and have a race I feel I maximised.”

with AAP