The battle for the F1 championship will resume this weekend at the Hungarian GP and McLaren's Daniel Ricciardo is happy former teammate Max Verstappen is healthy enough to take part following his big accident at the British GP.
The Dutchman's lead in the F1 championship was reduced to just eight points after crashing on the opening lap at Silverstone after being tagged from behind by Lewis Hamilton. Verstappen was taken to a local hospital following the incident and later released without any major injuries, and Ricciardo believes it's good for everyone involved with F1 that he's able to continue the battle for the title this weekend at the Hungaroring.
"I think with the incident [at the British GP], they've been racing hard all year," Ricciardo told RacingNews365.com and other members of the media. "So I'd put it down to a racing incident.
"I think the main thing was that Max got away safely and obviously he was tested. He's here racing this weekend. Obviously for his health and well being it's great, and also for the sake of the championship. [Also] for everyone following the sport, there's a great battle going on with Lewis and Max.
"So for the health of the championship, it's obviously great that he's here and competing. I think Max was under a bit of, let's say, pressure in his first couple years of F1 with some of the moves. I definitely think he's ironed a lot of that out.
"I think he's just matured as a driver and [has] the experience now. For sure he will always race hard."
As for his own prospects this weekend, Ricciardo is hoping to continue the form he showed at Silverstone that saw him finish a season best fifth.
"This is a completely different track this weekend and I think if I can get another strong result here, then you can probably read into it a little more," Ricciardo added. "I think I've had the occasional good result this year, but I haven't really put a massive string [of results] together.
"So that's why I think I've gotta back it up and then we'll get a bit more chatting going."
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