Max Verstappen has been caught in another foul-mouthed outburst at the Chinese Grand Prix, and Daniel Ricciardo was among those at the centre of it.
Verstappen was left fuming on Saturday during qualifying when he was overtaken by Ricciardo and Renault teammate Nico Hulkenberg, as well as Ferrari star Sebastian Vettel.
The young Red Bull ace thought his rivals should have waited behind him as he prepared for his final qualifying lap, but was left livid when they shot past him.
“F***, I’m finished mate,” he said over team radio when asked why he wasn’t going hard.
“They are such w*nkers honestly. Everybody just lining up and they are just f*****g it up.
“You’re just trying to be nice but everybody’s just f*****g it up.”
Verstappen explained why he was so angry afterwards.
“It’s an unwritten rule that you don’t f*** up other people’s run up in quali out laps, but Vettel and the two Renault’s broke it, so in the future, I’ll f*** up their runs too,” he said.
“I could also have overtaken the Ferrari in front but it’s just not what you do in qualifying.
“I’m not happy about it but it will swing around and it will come back to others as well.
“We were fighting for third. When you then can’t do your final lap you know that the guys who are doing the lap have a chance of overtaking you.”
Bottas on pole as Ricciardo finds some form
Valtteri Bottas claimed pole position ahead of teammate Lewis Hamilton, with Mercedes ruling qualifying for the 1000th Formula One race.
Bottas, who is championship leader, recorded 1 minute 31.547 seconds around the 5.451-kilometre Shanghai International Circuit on Saturday for his first pole of the season and seventh overall.
“It has been a good weekend so far,” he said.
“I struggled to get the perfect lap in but it was good enough.”
Title holder Hamilton was 23 hundredths of a second back while Vettel was three-tenths behind in third and his teammate Charles Leclerc fourth on Sunday’s grid.
Ricciardo will line up in seventh spot behind Red Bull pair Verstappen (5th) and Pierre Gasly (6th), his Renault 1.4s slower than Bottas.