Daniel Ricciardo has admitted that he wishes he could take back an aggressive comment he made about Formula 1's use of its social media channels.
The Australian was recently quoted as calling the social media team "f*cking idiots" in an interview with Square Mile as he felt that the channels' content placed too much focus on crashes. However, he now feels that the remark was too aggressive and that he should have thought it through more.
"I've certainly got to be better with my choice of words," Ricciardo told RacingNews365.com and other media. "If I could let's say take that quote back, I would.
"It was too aggressive. I should know better as well, being in the sport as long as I have. And even if I feel at the time it might be out of context, I know that it's going to get pushed so I should do better with that."
Whilst Ricciardo regrets his "direct" comment, the McLaren driver has tried to clarify that he feels there are more talking points in F1 than just crashes.
"I felt last year was such an amazing year for F1," Ricciardo said. "There were so many different podium-getters, there were a lot of exciting races. I certainly wouldn't put it under a boring season.
"I just felt like there was probably more room to expose the highs of the sport and the great achievements of a lot of individual drivers and individual performances, and where there were some spectacular overtakes.
"I felt like there were better stories to be told as opposed to just crashes. This is obviously my opinion, but I feel our sport is better than that.
"We are the most talented drivers in the world and we're driving these amazing cars. Normally a crash is showing less of our talents."