'Not the answer': Daniel Ricciardo hits out at F1 'robbery'

Riley Morgan
·Sports Reporter
·3-min read
Daniel Ricciardo (pictured) during a press conference.
Daniel Ricciardo (pictured) was the latest F1 star to slam the Turkish GP track. (Getty Images)

Aussie F1 driver Daniel Ricciado is the latest star to take aim at the Turkish GP after a chaotic weekend of Formula One.

Hamilton shed tears of joy on Sunday as he won a record-equalling seventh Formula One world championship in Turkey and became the most successful driver in the sport’s history.

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The Mercedes ace put on a masterclass in wet and slippery conditions to take a record-stretching 94th career win at the Istanbul Park circuit and secure the title with three races to spare.

But Hamilton was also quick to slam the recently resurfaced track in practice.

"It's like an ice-rink out there. You don't get quite the enjoyment of the lap as you would normally get off Istanbul, and I don't see that changing.

"It's terrifying the whole way around. It's almost like there's wet patches all over..."

After a number of drivers hit out at the surface, Ricciardo joined in and said he hadn’t taken much away from the weekend’s race because of the surface.

“This is not the answer,” Ricciardo said when asked if any lessons could be taken away from the weekend.

“Look, don’t get me wrong, and I knew everyone sitting on the couch had a fun and exciting one to watch, but to be honest, I don’t know if we learn anything from this weekend.

“We’ll probably never come to a situation like it again with this level of group. I think as well when teams are spending so much money developing cars and putting all the knowledge into designing the fastest race cars in the world, not being able to use them … if it was all the time, it would feel like a robbery.

“It’s like, why are we putting so much into these cars if we can’t actually push the limits?”

Hamilton shuts down knighthood claims

Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton, who has equalled Michael Schumacher's record of seven titles, says he's not worthy of a British knighthood.

The British press have been calling for the 35-year-old to receive one of the country's highest honours, just like tennis star Andy Murray and athlete Mo Farah.

"When I think about that honour, I think about people like my granddad who served in the war," Hamilton was quoted as saying by Autosport on Wednesday, before reflecting on the coronavirus crisis.

Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates winning a 7th F1 World Drivers Championship in parc ferme during the F1 Grand Prix of Turkey at Intercity Istanbul Park on November 15, 2020 in Istanbul, Turkey.
Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates winning a 7th F1 World Drivers Championship in parc ferme during the F1 Grand Prix of Turkey at Intercity Istanbul Park on November 15, 2020 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Dan Istitene - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

"The people that are running hospitals. The nurses and doctors who are saving lives during the hardest time ever, I think about those unsung heroes and I don't look at myself as an unsung hero.

"I've not saved anybody. It is an incredible honour that a small group of people have had bestowed upon them."

Hamilton is yet to sign a new contract at Mercedes, but is expected to do so in the coming weeks as he targets the outright record next season.

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