Daniel Ricciardo criticises Lewis Hamilton over Max Verstappen crash at British Grand Prix

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Daniel Ricciardo has suggested that Lewis Hamilton was more at fault for his crash with title rival Max Verstappen at the British Grand Prix. Hamilton was involved with a highly contentious incident with Verstappen on the first lap at Silverstone, with the crash prompting a huge backlash after his victory.

The Mercedes driver was handed a 10-second penalty after making contact with Verstappen and sending the Red Bull driver into the barriers at Turn Nine.

Verstappen had been on pole but ended the day in hospital as a precaution, forced to watch on as Hamilton fought back to overtake Charles Leclerc and claim a record-extending eighth win at the British GP.

The 36-year-old victory cut Verstappen’s championship lead to eight points and sparked a fiery response from Red Bull.

Christian Horner blasted Hamilton for a “desperate” and “unacceptable” piece of driving at Copse Corner, while FIA race director Michael Masi determined Hamilton was “predominantly to blame” for the incident.

Ricciardo finished fifth for McLaren on Sunday and later gave his assessment of the day’s major talking point while watching the replay.

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“When you’re in such a high-speed corner and just side-by-side, you’re both going to lose aero, particularly Lewis there with Max kind of in a little bit of dirty air,” Ricciardo said.

“But I think they were both going in hot.

“Ultimately Lewis went in too hot for the given level of grip and that’s where you see [he] just drifted up into Max.

“Completely unintentional, but just the nature of the aero on these cars and [you] just have to allow a little more.


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“But I’m certainly not going to sit here and judge and say he should have done that or that.”

Hamilton rejoined the race in fifth after taking his 10-second penalty in a pit stop and produced a stunning drive in front of an adoring crowd of 140,000 people to chase down Leclerc.

Viewing the incident – and Hamilton and Verstappen’s rivalry – from a distance, Ricciardo was just happy his former team-mate was uninjured.

“They’ve just been racing hard all year and it’s unfortunate they come together, obviously unfortunate for it to be such a big one,” Ricciardo said.

“But the thing is Max is okay. And to be honest, it’s a bit like yesterday with George [Russell] and Carlos [Sainz Jnr] – it’s the first lap, we’ve got still a bit cold tyres, high fuel, things happen and it is racing. But yes, certainly I feel for Max.”

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