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Ricciardo: Such a small touch but massive consequences

Ricciardo: Such a small touch but massive consequences

Ricciardo: Such a small touch but massive consequences
Daniel Ricciardo will have a three-place grid drop for his McLaren farewell in Abu Dhabi next weekend after he collided with Haas driver Kevin Magnussen on the opening lap in Brazil on Sunday.

Stewards deemed the 33-year-old Australian was “wholly to blame” for the incident at Interlagos and also dished out two penalty points to take his tally to eight for the 12-month period.

“Ricciardo explained that in his view, he had slowed sufficiently that he was not going to collide with Magnussen and that he slightly misjudged it,” they said in a statement.

Ricciardo retired on the spot and McLaren team mate Lando Norris also failed to finish, leaving the team 19 points behind Renault-owned Alpine in the battle for fourth place in the championship and only Abu Dhabi remaining.

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“Firstly, I’m disappointed as it’s always difficult when your race is over so quickly. I think the biggest disappointment is that it was such a small touch but it had massive consequences,” said Ricciardo, who apologized to the team.

Most times you get away with a small touch

“I feel most times, a small touch like that, you can get away with it. So it was pretty unfortunate for both of us,” added the Australian, who has no race seat lined up for next Formula 1 season.

“I didn’t expect him to spin, I guess that was just the angle that we touched and it just unloaded his rear,” he explained.

“It was an eventful race, so, it’s a shame not to have been out there. Apologies to the team here and back at home but we will reset and go one more time in Abu Dhabi,” the Australian concluded.

Magnussen added: “Daniel (Ricciardo) didn’t do it on purpose which isn’t any help to us but we move on. We’re not always up where we have been this weekend so it’s a shame that we weren’t able to capitalize on that fully today as we had great pace.”  (Reporting by Alan Baldwin, Additional reporting by GrandPrix247)