Daniel Ricciardo under fire over ugly incident in Mexican Grand Prix

Daniel Ricciardo (pictured right) before a drive and (pictured left) Ricciardo clashing with AlphaTauri's Yuki Tsunoda.
Daniel Ricciardo (pictured right) copped a 10 second penalty for clashing with AlphaTauri driver Yuki Tsunoda in the Mexican GP. (Images: F1/Getty Images)

Daniel Ricciardo has produced one of his best drives of 2022 to finish seventh despite being handed a 10 second penalty for causing a crash at the Mexican Grand Prix.

Max Verstappen made history in Mexico having topped the podium and officially claimed the record for most wins in a Formula One campaign.

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The Red Bull driver moved ahead of Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel with his 14th win of an utterly dominant year.

Hamilton finished second in his Mercedes, with Verstappen's teammate Sergio Perez third in his home race.

And Ricciardo produced arguably his best race of the year after coming back from 13th position to storm into seventh with a brilliant drive.

"Welcome back, Daniel," Sky Sports' Martin Brundle said during broadcast.

"We missed you."

Ricciardo was voted the driver of the day.

"He's driven with fire in his belly, hunger and aggression," David Croft added in commentary.

Despite a brilliant charge, Ricciardo copped a 10 second penalty when he was involved in a scary moment with AlphaTauri driver Yuki Tsunoda.

On lap 51, Ricciardo attempted to overtake Tsunoda.

However, he lost grip and slammed into his rival.

Tsunoda was forced off and retired from the Mexican GP.

"What the f**k is he doing," Tsunoda said after the collision.

After the race, Ricciardo said he felt disappointed at how the incident unfolded.

“I’m a little mixed about it. Of course you never want contact to a point where the other guy goes off. I just saw a replay… I don’t feel as bad about it now. Of course I wish it still didn’t happen," he said.

“I thought five (seconds) would have been okay... I’ll take a bit more responsibility but I can’t say it was 100 per cent my fault."

Spectators were mixed over the incident.

Max Verstappen makes F1 history

Verstappen continued his remarkable year with Red Bull after surging to his 14th win in the campaign.

"Amazing, guys, what a fantastic race," said Dutchman Verstappen on the radio.

"Fourteen wins in a season. Unbelievable."

The 25-year-old Vertsappen started Sunday's race on pole, got off to a nice start and avoided initial pressure from the Mercedes duo of George Russell and Hamilton.

He then cruised to victory without issues, only losing his lead for a brief moment after he stopped for new tyres.

It was also a ninth win in a row and 16th from 20 races for Red Bull, who wrapped up the constructors' title in Texas last weekend with three rounds to spare.

Verstappen retained his drivers' title in Japan on October 9.

with AAP

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