As had happened at Silverstone, at the end of the race, many riders were again asked for their opinion on the thorny episode of the Hungarian GP at the press conference in Budapest.Hamilton-Verstappen incident. The topic has been topical for all the last two weeks and Red Bull’s decision to make a complaint to make the sanction issued by the race marshals heavier towards the world champion certainly did not lighten the spirits. Speaking during his shift in front of the media, also the former Milton Keynes driver Daniel Ricciardor was prompted to return to the question. As he had already explained two Sundays ago, however, the McLaren driver did not find particularly serious responsibilities in the contact between the two title contenders.
“As pilots we know this [dove è il confine] and sometimes it doesn’t even need to be written on paper for us. We know this simply from the many years of racing and the experience we have. As I said, thankfully, Max was pretty much ok [dopo l’incidente] and he’s here to race this weekend. We all know the racing etiquette, when to tighten and when not to. I think we are quite clear about this “, explained Ricciardo.
According to the Perth native, the contact did not reveal a behavior “out of line” by neither of the two protagonists. “I didn’t really see anything out of line in the accident itself, if you know what I mean – added the McLaren driver – I think the aftermath of the accident was the main topic of conversation. It’s a shame that it happened in one of the fastest corners on the calendar“.
Speaking of his moment of form, finally, Ricciardo was reminded that at the moment he is the most advanced rider in the world championship classification who has not yet obtained a podium. The answer, with a smile, from the Australian is inevitable. “Well then I want a podium here – he joked – you put the words in my mouth. This is the goal and has been since the beginning of the year. Another top-5 finish would be a solid result, but being able to sprinkle some bubbles would be very good“ he concluded.