Ricciardo happy to see Verstappen keep championship battle up in Hungary

Daniel Ricciardo races during the FIA Formula One World Championship 2021 in Spielberg, Austria on July 4, 2021.

Daniel Ricciardo believes that Max Verstappen being totally well and ready to fight is a good thing for the championship battle.

Ahead of the Hungarian GP, everyone in the paddock is still discussing the Hamilton/Verstappen incident at Silverstone. The McLaren driver Ricciardo thinks that it has been a race incident.

“I think with the incident [at the British GP], they’ve been racing hard all year. So I’d put it down to a racing incident,” he said.

At the same time, the Australian is happy to see his former teammate unharmed and is sure that it is the best thing for the championship.

“I think the main thing was that Max got away safely and obviously he was tested. He’s here racing this weekend. Obviously for his health and well being it’s great, and also for the sake of the championship. [Also] for everyone following the sport, there’s a great battle going on with Lewis and Max,” Ricciardo added.

“So for the health of the championship, it’s obviously great that he’s here and competing. I think Max was under a bit of, let’s say, pressure in his first couple years of F1 with some of the moves. I definitely think he’s ironed a lot of that out.

“I think he’s just matured as a driver and [has] the experience now. For sure he will always race hard.”

In the end, Ricciardo supposes that a good result at Hungaroring will mean a lot.

“This is a completely different track this weekend and I think if I can get another strong result here, then you can probably read into it a little more. I think I’ve had the occasional good result this year, but I haven’t really put a massive string [of results] together,” he commented.

“So that’s why I think I’ve gotta back it up and then we’ll get a bit more chatting going.”

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