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.
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.
Sky letting Christian Horner commentate whilst Ricciardo overtakes Bottas then he drives into him whilst still on mic. Hilarious 🤣 #HungarianGP2018
— Ryan Thrussell (@RyanThruss) July 29, 2018
Classic TV moment.
Red Bull team boss, Christian Horner live from the pit wall on Sky F1 commentating on Ricciardo overtaking Bottas… and Bottas drives into the Red Bull.
— Badger GP (@BadgerGP) July 29, 2018
Best part of the race was Christian Horner on the radio while Ricciardo was trying to pass Bottas
— Aaron (@AaronMolloy6) July 29, 2018
Horner’s guest commentary on Sky said all that needed to be said about the Ricciardo/Bottas clash. He called the risk of Bottas understeering the moment Ricciardo went to the outside. And it wasn’t like Bottas made a lunge having lost the corner. Leave them to it
— Glenn Freeman (@glenn_autosport) July 29, 2018
— Mark Gottlieb (@MarkGottliebFOX) July 29, 2018
— Jessica (@jessica10510) July 29, 2018
— F1 Wiki (@F1Wikia) July 29, 2018
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.”