Daniel Ricciardo says he’ll purchase George Russell a beer to thank him for inadvertently serving to him end seventh in yesterday’s race.
The McLaren driver was operating seventh within the closing phases however knew he must take a 10-second time penalty after the race which was imposed for his collision with Yuki Tsunoda. Ricciardo was subsequently urgent on to increase his lead over Esteban Ocon in eighth place.
Nevertheless within the remaining laps Russell, operating fourth, drew shut sufficient to Ricciardo that the McLaren driver feared he can be proven blue flags to make method for the Mercedes, which was a lap forward of him. Doing that will have price Ricciardo time and probably left him lower than 10 seconds forward of Ocon, costing him a place.
However to Ricciardo’s aid, Russell pitted with two laps to go in an effort to match contemporary tyres and try to assert the bonus level for quickest lap. Ricciardo subsequently held on to his seventh place.
“In the previous few laps I used to be fairly nervous as a result of George was so near getting a blue flag for me and I knew I might lose a few seconds with that and that will have dropped me again into Ocon,” mentioned Ricciardo. “So I used to be pushing like hell simply to attempt to maintain that two-second hole.
“Then after I heard he pitted for quickest lap, I used to be like… he in all probability doesn’t suppose it or comprehend it, however I’ll purchase him a beer anyhow!”
Ricciardo disagreed with the stewards’ resolution that he was totally responsible for the collision with Tsuonda, which ended the AlphaTauri driver’s race. “I’ve seen a couple of replays, I’ll take extra of the accountability however definitely I don’t really feel it’s 100 to zero when it comes to my fault,” he mentioned.
The McLaren driver mentioned he wasn’t making an attempt to overhaul Tsunoda when he took a speculative search for the within at flip six.
“I didn’t lock [the brakes], I stayed on the apex. The reality is, I didn’t really plan or wish to overtake him there – I imply, in fact, I’d like to overtake him – however I wasn’t into that nook to out-brake him and overtake him.
“I simply thought if I keep there all of the grip’s on the within of that nook, it’s very dusty. So I believed if I may simply keep there, preserve him a bit on the soiled line, I’ll get a greater exit. And we in all probability wanted to offer one another 20, 30 extra centimetres and we had been fantastic. In all probability not even that.
“So I want it didn’t occur and I’m sorry that it occurred however I believe 10 seconds was greater than sufficient, and one way or the other we sort of nonetheless got here by means of.”