SAO PAULO, Brazil — Daniel Ricciardo says he meant Max Verstappen no disrespect along with his exuberant celebrations after claiming pole in Mexico, however can perceive why his Red Bull teammate would have been upset.
Ricciardo snatched a shock pole from Verstappen in Mexico City two weeks in the past after the Dutchman had dominated the weekend’s periods as much as that time. Both males displayed vastly contrasting feelings on the Saturday afternoon: Ricciardo was celebrating his first pole place since May’s Monaco Grand Prix after a shocking lap late in Q3, whereas Verstappen appeared and sounded upset after lacking out on claiming the primary of his F1 profession, which he later blamed on a mix of points along with his automotive.
Their fortunes swung 180 levels the next day, with Verstappen getting the leap on Ricciardo at the beginning and profitable the race. Ricciardo later retired, persevering with his depressing run of type, and lower a despondent determine earlier than leaving the Mexico City paddock on Sunday night.
After the race Jos Verstappen mentioned his son had been made “very angry” by Ricciardo’s celebrations and helped spur him on to victory the next day.
When requested about these feedback, Ricciardo mentioned: “I’m not conscious of that. I used to be conscious Max was pissed after quali, the press convention and that you may inform he was not too happy.
“I do not assume it was actually directed at me. I believe anybody lacking their first pole by such a small margin goes to be pissed. Even if I missed that pole, if I used to be in his footwear, even when it was not for my first pole, I might nonetheless be upset. That is the competitor in us.
“I didn’t see it as anything personal, like I was rubbing it in. I was super happy because it has been a tough year. I was the underdog in that fight for pole. So to do it, I was pretty stoked. From his point of view, he was the favorite all weekend, topping all the sessions, and to get pipped by your teammate by two hundredths, it is going to piss you off. That is just the competitor.”
At his personal session shortly afterwards, Verstappen mentioned he had been extra indignant at the scenario of lacking out on pole place when he had been so comfy to that time.
“I used to be primarily very indignant due to the issues I’ve had with my engine throughout qualifying after which you realize, that weekend I used to be clearly the quickest however only for 75 seconds I wasn’t. So yeah I used to be actually pissed off.
“Then after all each little factor which comes with it makes me much more angrier, I might actually… I desire to not say. I might actually do some harm if any person would say one thing unsuitable to me after qualifying. That’s how indignant I used to be. So yeah, each little factor makes me extra indignant.”