Daniel Ricciardo: Mexico pole celebrations weren't directed at Max Verstappen

Paola Ditto
Novembre 10, 2018

Both men displayed vastly contrasting emotions on the Saturday afternoon: Ricciardo was celebrating his first pole position since May's Monaco Grand Prix after a stunning lap late in Q3, while Verstappen looked and sounded upset after missing out on claiming the first of his F1 career, which he later blamed on a combination of issues with his vehicle.

After the race Jos Verstappen said his son had been made "very angry" by Ricciardo's celebrations and helped spur him on to victory the following day.

Verstappen played down his father's comments, instead pointing to problems with his Renault engine.

Where we were in second practice is not a real picture but still in qualifying I don't think we have a chance but after that, the race pace was quite OK.

Verstappen's frustrations were put to Ricciardo, who said: "I was aware Max was pissed after qualifying, the press conference and that".

"I was angry and upset".

'I was literally p***ed off.' he said.

"Then of course every little thing which comes with it makes me even more angrier".

"I wouldn't even say it..." But I could literally do some damage to someone if somebody would say something wrong to me after qualifying, that's how angry I was. "So yeah, every little thing makes me more angry!"

"You could tell that he wasn't pleased". I think anyone missing their first pole by such a small margin is going to be pissed.

"I mean even if I missed the pole by that, if I was in his shoes and even if it wasn't for my first pole, I'd still be upset". We have some things to improve but I am quite confident that we can improve them anyway, so we will see. I was super happy because it has been a tough year.

Verstappen would have been F1's youngest-ever polesitter if he had qualified first for the Mexican Grand Prix. From his point of view, he was the favorite all weekend, topping all the sessions, and to get pipped by your teammate by two hundredths, it is going to piss you off.

As Mexico was the last GP in which Red Bull has a strong chance to take the fight to Mercedes and Red Bull, he is unlikely to earn a second chance at the record.

Ricciardo went on to say that he didn't think the anger was directed at him and that it was just "the competitor" coming out him.

"I got a phone call last week notifying me of what happened when we broke down in Mexico", said Ricciardo.

"For me it felt like I never really had a great opportunity, compared to some other qualifying sessions where felt like it was great, a good feeling, and then you're only P3 or P5 sometimes".

"This felt awful, and then you're still second by such a small margin".

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