Daniel Ricciardo believes Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton should be penalised for incidents during the Mexican Grand Prix.
Ricciardo accused his former team mate Vettel of changing his line under braking while they were battling late in the race. Vettel is under investigation for the incident.
“I just felt that Seb did what everyone has been complaining about lately, moving under braking,” Vettel told the media. “He’s smiling now… I don’t know, for me he doesn’t deserve to be up there with that move he pulled.”
“I saw he defended halfway down the straight, I was going to go to the outside and then it just looked like he opened it so I committed to the inside. I thought I had every right to be there, and then he just kept closing the door under braking.
“So I’ve locked the brakes trying to avoid contact but he kept closing so in the end I had nowhere to go. So I was frustrated with that.”
“We know Max’s moves have been a bit questionable, I guess that was the same case today with Seb,” Ricciardo continued.
“Don’t get me wrong, I love racing hard, I love seeing locking brakes and even a bit of contact is fine. But this whole moving under braking, if you’re going to defend, you commit early and that’s it, you make your bed.
“You don’t do it once you’ve already been outfoxed. I feel like that’s what I did today. Seb was there, he moved, I went, so it’s like I won the chess match if you like. And then he’s like ‘oh, I screwed up, and now I’m going to try and repair my mistake’. For me that’s not right.”
Ricciardo also gave his view on the debate over the battle between his team mate and Vettel. Verstappen was given a five-second penalty after cutting turn one while battling with the Ferrari.
“To be honest also I didn’t understand the start, how you can be leading the race, defend, lock your wheels and go off-track and still stay in the lead. I think Lewis [Hamilton] deserved a penalty. I think anyone in that position deserves a penalty.
“I saw Max cut the chicane trying to defend Seb, he got a penalty. So I don’t know, to be honest, what was that different with his move and Lewis’s. For me if you lock up the brakes and cut the corner, it’s a mistake, you have to pay the price. I was a bit frustrated with how it all panned out today, really.”
2016 Mexican Grand Prix
- Horner baffled by Ferrari’s decision to continue Vettel appeal
- FIA rejects Ferrari petition over Vettel penalty
- Make run-off rules simpler, Horner urges
- Ferrari ask for review of Vettel’s Mexican GP penalty
- Verstappen proposes ban on broadcasting team radio