Daniel Ricciardo said his ‘Seb Spin’ while racing Carlos Sainz Jnr finished off his chances in a what had already been a disappointing race.
The Renault driver joked about the incident with Sebastian Vettel after the race.
“He did it with me in Austin in 2018. It’s one I don’t think I’ve experienced yet.”
Ricciardo was on the inside of Sainz at Village when his Renault got away from him.
“I could see Carlos and you’re trying to obviously squeeze a little bit but not have contact. And then as soon as I opened the wheel and got on throttle, it just went around.
“I think when you’re such in close vicinity to another car on that side angle, you lose a chunk of downforce that’s normally coming in from that side and I guess keeping the car down. So I think it’s just a very quick loss of downforce and it can obviously catch you out.”
Having gone into the race with high hopes after qualifying fifth, Ricciardo was already having a tough race when he spun.
“it was a little bit of salt in the wounds,” he said. “By that point, we were already on the back foot. I don’t want to say it was over, but then with that, it was.
“I just wanted to just roll over a little bit and just put my head down. Not a fun afternoon in the end.”
Vettel also spun, at turn one on the first lap of the race, coincidentally also while running side-by-side with Sainz.
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