Daniel Ricciardo admits that the Emilia Romagna GP was “painful” for him after the incident with Carlos Sainz.
Ricciardo had a collision with Sainz at the start of Sunday’s race. The Spaniard was stuck in gravel and had to retire, while the Australian kept going. However, he crossed the finish line in 18th place.
Ricciardo shared his view of what had happened between him and Sainz.
“I think I got onto the curb just to try and buy myself a bit more space, because I know at some point it’s going to bottle up. But I think once I got on the curb, I just slid off it and then started to slide up into him [Sainz],” he said.
“Obviously intentions were, in a way, good to try and, let’s say, leave some room. But in those conditions, obviously I didn’t have the grip I was hopeful for, slid up into him and ruined his race as well.
“Obviously not the way I wanted Sunday to go. A painful one and obviously not the way I want to affect someone else’s race.
“Lap 1 incidents are the worst, especially when you keep going. Sometimes in a way it’s easier when [the race is] just done. I know that sounds really negative but we were at the back and just slow. Obviously, we try and gather some data but we’ll see what the damage was and how much it hurt us.
“It was a painful 60 laps. [I’ll] just try and move on for Miami.”