No hard feelings between Ricciardo and Sainz after first-lap clash

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Daniel Ricciardo visited Carlos Sainz after the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, apologising for the first-lap conflict that took the Ferrari driver out of the race.

					No hard feelings between Ricciardo and Sainz after first-lap clash


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Daniel Ricciardo has apologised to Carlos Sainz for the first-lap incident at Imola that ended up ruining each drivers’ races.

The pair made contact negotiating the Tamburello chicane on the opening lap, in what was deemed a racing incident by the stewards.

With Ricciardo on the within for the left-hand portion of the chicane, he made contact with the rear-left wheel of the Ferrari – this spun Sainz round into the gravel and out of the race. Ricciardo was capable of proceed and pitted for repairs on the finish of the opening lap.

After the race, Ricciardo headed off to the Ferrari quarters to apologise to Sainz and the staff, after which defined to media that he had misplaced some management going over the kerb on the chicane.

Ricciardo heads to Ferrari to apologise

“I bear in mind as quickly as I acquired on it, I simply began sliding proper off,” Ricciardo instructed media, together with

“I used to be simply sliding up after which clearly, sooner or later, Carlos has
to show left to then make the proper. We simply got here in and clearly, I
collected his rear. As quickly as I hit him, I noticed him spinning and it is
not enjoyable. It ruined my race, but in addition his.

“I clearly must be accountable for that. I do not suppose it was
one thing the place I used to be all locked up and simply form of ploughed into him –
it was difficult situations.

“I am going to watch the onboard now and see if there’s
one thing I may have finished, or if it was actually simply that slippery.

“I am going to go see Carlos and apologise. An apology would not change something however, a minimum of for now, that is all I can do.”

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Sainz graciously accepts the apology

Whereas Sainz might need felt notably pissed off by the incident, having retired from two consecutive races within the early phases, the Spaniard mentioned he absolutely accepted the apology from Ricciardo.

“Yeah, completely,” he instructed media, when requested whether or not the McLaren driver had popped his head in to express regret for the conflict.

“It additionally praises Daniel as an athlete and as a sportsman.

“Instantly after the race, you would see he had a tricky one, however the very first thing that he did was come to the Ferrari field and apologise to me. There have been [all the] mechanics with me and all of us thanked him for the gesture.

“That is why there aren’t any laborious emotions with Daniel. What occurred to him, it may occur to anybody on the market in the present day. However, sadly, it needed to occur to me.”

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