Ricciardo to 'move forward' after apology
31 July 2017 – Daniel Ricciardo has vowed to "move forward" from being taken out of the Hungarian Grand Prix by team-mate Max Verstappen, with the incident handled "in the right way".
Verstappen ran wide at Turn 1 at the start of Sunday's race, having challenged Valtteri Bottas for third, and lost momentum on the run to Turn 2, which gave Ricciardo a run around the outside.
Verstappen locked up his front-left tyre into Turn 2 and slid into the side of Ricciardo's car, the latter sustaining terminal damage, and retiring after spinning out of the next corner.
Stewards handed Verstappen a 10-second time penalty, while Ricciardo described him as an "amateur", the Dutchman going on to finish fifth and admitting that he was at fault.
Ricciardo has now revealed that he spoke with Verstappen away from the media, during which the youngster personally apologised, and a line was drawn under the matter.
"Yesterday was hard to take," commented Ricciardo via Twitter.
"You build up all day for those couple hours of racing and then it's gone like that.
"Max apologised to me after the race and we spoke one on one away from media or anyone; the situation was handled and taken care of in the right way to move forward."
Red Bull team boss Christian Horner expressed his confidence post-race that Ricciardo and Verstappen would settle any differences before heading into the summer break.
"Max is man enough for a 19-year-old to stick his hand up and say, 'I made a mistake, I'm sorry'," said Horner, having lamented that "what happened shouldn't happen".
"All drivers make mistakes, the important thing is to put your hand up.
"I'm sure he'll go to see his team-mate and everybody will move on."