It was a case of two into one won’t go, as Red Bull teammates Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo collided on the opening lap of the Hungarian Grand Prix which ended the Australian’s race on the spot while the Dutchman finished fifth despite a penalty for his role in the incident.
There was no doubt that Verstappen braked too late and because that slid and slammed into Ricciardo’s car as they battled for position going into Turn 2, a move the stewards did not like and handed him a ten seconds penalty which he took during his pitstop.
But credit to the teenager for admitting his mistake, “I apologise to Daniel and also to the team because we could have scored some good points. I’ll speak to Daniel in private and we’ll sort it out.”
“It’s of course not what you want. Everything started in Turn One. The start was actually quite good but then I got squeezed wide by Bottas and lost quite a bit of speed and then we were both fighting for position in Turn Two.”
“We braked quite deep into the corner but I had a car in front of me and locked the front. From there I was just a passenger. I was trying to avoid Daniel but it was not possible. It’s never my intention to hit anyone but especially not my team-mate and especially with the relationship I have with Daniel which is very good.”
Verstappen was easily the quickest driver in the latter half of the race, and one could argue that without the ten seconds penalty he could have ended up on the podium.
As for Ricciardo it was a sad way to end his run of six consecutive points finishes and a case of what might of been on a weekend where he showed when things were going well that he had some very handy pace around the Hungaroring.
Daniel Ricciardo’s take on the incident: