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Daniel Ricciardo

Furious Ricciardo hits out at Stroll: 'Fuck that guy'

Daniel Ricciardo was left in a furious mood after being hit by Lance Stroll during the Chinese Grand Prix, forcing him to retire from the race.

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Daniel Ricciardo has aimed heavy criticism at Lance Stroll following their incident during the Chinese Grand Prix.

The duo made contact at the first safety car restart at the Turn 14 hairpin with Stroll running into the rear of Ricciardo's car as they slowed down for the corner.

The damage that Ricciardo incurred in the collision resulted in a retirement, joining team-mate Yuki Tsunoda on the sidelines after the Japanese driver came to blows with Kevin Magnussen.

Stroll has maintained that he was not to blame for the incident despite being issued a 10-second time penalty.

Speaking to media including RacingNews365 after the grand prix, Ricciardo condemned Stroll's attitude amid the incident.

“I slowly started to calm down and then I was told what Lance thinks of the incident,” he stated.

“Apparently, I'm an idiot and it was my fault, so that made my blood boil because it's clear as day and it's also behind a safety car.

“The only thing you've got to do is watch the car in front. We can't predict what the leader is going to do, we can't assume that we're going to go into Turn 14, the race doesn't start till the control line.

“So I'm doing my best not to say what I want to say, but fuck that guy - and I'm being nice still.”

'I can't help him'

Stroll ended the race in 15th place with his race severely hampered by the time penalty.

Ricciardo hinted he will seek further talks with the Aston Martin driver if he continues to deflect the blame for the incident.

“I won't go harder because maybe in an hour when he sees it, he might take some accountability,” he said. “But if he doesn't, I can't help him.

“It's so so frustrating. Obviously, racing incidents happen, but behind a safety car, that should never happen.

“What makes my blood boil is, I've watched his onboard to just see it from his perspective, to try to maybe just have some type of understanding.

“And as soon as we start braking, you can see his helmet turn right. He’s looking at the apex of Turn 14, he’s not even watching me.

“When he looks back, he’s in the back of me. I don’t know what he’s doing or where his head is, but all you have to do is worry about me in that situation and he clearly wasn’t.

“Let's see what he says in the media but if he comes after me, then I'll say more.”

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