Daniel Ricciardo has joked he “hated” having to apologise to Carlos Sainz after the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.
However in all seriousness, the Australian “felt higher” for what he had initiated and believes there can be no hangover from their Imola first-lap incident once they discover themselves battling once more.
On a humid circuit, the McLaren and Ferrari have been alongside one another on the Tamburello chicane with Ricciardo on the within once they made contact, Sainz having appeared to depart his rival sufficient house.
Ricciardo’s automobile went into the aspect of Sainz’s, nudging him into the gravel and out of the race because the Spaniard turned beached whereas the McLaren was capable of proceed – albeit uncompetitively as slight harm and a few no-risk technique gambles that did not repay meant he completed final of the 18 finishers.
Afterwards, Ricciardo took duty for the incident and mentioned in his post-race interviews he would hunt down Sainz and apologise – which he did, having been seen on TV footage on the door of the Ferrari hospitality unit.
Sainz later praised his rival for doing that, saying it “honoured” Ricciardo and that the Ferrari mechanics had additionally been impressed with the gesture.
Throughout an interview with Trevor Noah on The Every day Present in New York, Ricciardo recommended it was not a straightforward factor he had discovered himself doing.
“I hated each second of the apology,” mentioned Ricciardo as he and the present’s presenter laughed.
“Once more, I believe most likely identical to with expertise and simply being in it (Components 1) for thus lengthy I do know I’ve, I suppose, the maturity now to know the way a lot all of us put into it.
“And as aggressive as we’re, all of us have one thing strongly in widespread and there’s solely 20 of us on this planet that do it, there’s solely 20 F1 drivers, so that you type of simply respect everybody’s journey.
“And so the incident, if I maintain myself accountable for one thing, then I really feel like I need to simply apologise.
“It’s nothing private. I don’t assume everybody would do it, however for me I simply felt higher by doing it, so we type of like clear slate for the following one and I do know once we come alongside one another on observe subsequent there can be an depth however nothing heightened, I suppose.”
Ricciardo can be heading south from New York to Miami for the inaugural grand prix within the Florida metropolis on Could 8.