Daniel Ricciardo doesn’t believe Valtteri Bottas should get a penalty for the incident between the pair of them during second practice in Bahrain.
The Red Bull driver complained on the radio after he had to take avoiding action when the Mercedes got in his way at the exit of turn four. But Ricciardo, who picked up a grid penalty during practice at the previous run, said the stewards shouldn’t get involved in the incident.
“I don’t want him to get a penalty, to be honest, it’s practice. It’s not cool but I don’t want them to give penalties for this.
“I don’t think any of the drivers agreed with my penalty last week so I don’t want to start that game. I believe he wasn’t told on the radio so it’s probably not his fault.
“It was frustrating, of course, but I try not to get too fired up. It’s only practice. It probably compromised our low-fuel run.”
Ricciardo felt he had gone the wrong way on set-up in after ending the second practice session sixth, fractionally slower than team mate Max Verstappen.
“This afternoon we made some changes and it was’t as good as the morning so we’ll go back,” he said. “I don’t think we’ll go completely back to the morning but try to find a happy medium.”
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