Daniel Ricciardo believes Lewis Hamilton was responsible for the collision with Max Verstappen which put the Red Bull driver out on the first lap of the British Grand Prix.
Verstappen was taken to the medical centre and then to a local hospital for precautionary checks after striking a barrier at Copse at over 50G.
“It was certainly a nasty outcome,” said Ricciardo in response to a question from RaceFans. “It’s obviously at high speed, it doesn’t take much to have a big one like that.”
After watching replays of the crash Ricciardo explained his view of what happened.
“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. But I think they were both going in hot.
“Ultimately Lewis went in too hot for the 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, but I’m certainly not going to sit here and judge and say he should have done that or that.”
Ricciardo was involved in a high-speed collision with Verstappen when they were team mates at Red Bull. “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.
“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.”
FIA Formula 1 medical rescue co-ordinator Dr Ian Roberts told Sky Verstappen was “a little bit winded, to say the least” following the impact.
Ricciardo said Copse is “the last corner you want to have an incident on – I saw him walk out, but I heard he’s in the medical centre getting some checks, so I hope he’s alright.”
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