Max Verstappen has apologised for the collision that sent Daniel Ricciardo into an early retirement in Hungary - and led to the Australian criticising his Red Bull team mate's driving as 'amateur'.
After starting behind Verstappen, Ricciardo passed the Dutchman on the outside on the run down to Turn 2, only for his colleague to understeer wide into the Australian’s RB13, causing it terminal damage.
“I mean there’s not much else to describe or say,” commented a disconsolate Ricciardo after the incident, for which stewards gave Verstappen a 10-second time penalty for causing the collision. “That was amateur to say the least.
“It’s not like he was trying to pass, there was no room. I don’t think he likes when a team mate gets ahead of him. He had the whole race to repair the mistake. The pass wasn’t on – it wasn’t even a pass.”
Asked what he would say to Verstappen after the race, Ricciardo added: “The team will do their bit, I’ll do mine. For sure we’ll sort it out.
“Honestly, I don’t think it’s (about him) trying too hard. I don’t think there’s any excuse for it. He tried outside T1 - it didn’t work. He got the line taken away from him, he sees me goes past, thinks ‘I got to fix this’ and we crash.”