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F1 Abu Dhabi GP: Ricciardo asks for respect and acceptance after rules row

Daniel Ricciardo says future rows and appeals could be avoided if F1 teams and drivers consider putting the sport ahead of their own interests.
Daniel Ricciardo believes if F1 drivers show each other respect on track and accept decisions made by the race stewards it would prevent future rule rows rumbling on after the latest incident of Ferrari's Mexico appeal.

The fallout from the Sebastian Vettel, Max Verstappen and Ricciardo clash in the closing laps of the Mexico Grand Prix spilled over into the Brazil race weekend when Ferrari lodged an appeal against the decision – which was only eventually dropped this week after the race in Interlagos.

Ricciardo, who was involved in the incident which landed Vettel a 10-second time penalty for moving under braking, feels the final judgement was a fair one despite the protracted protests from Vettel and Ferrari.

At a time when F1 is coming under increasing pressure to act on its perception of being 'too complex' amongst fans, the Red Bull driver feels these incidents and the lengthened appeal processes could be avoided if the sport is ultimately placed first.

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“I like hard racing. It shows with the attempts that I make and the moves I make and I don't mind if there is a bit of contact,” Ricciardo said. “So with that there has to be some element of driver respect.

“If a guy has made his intention clear, if you have left the door open and he has made his intention clear you can't undo your mistake and just try and cut him off. If we can all just say no one is going to do that, then maybe there does not have to be as many rules.

“I want to race, I don't want too many rules in so it is like that, but obviously the more that gets written down the more protests there are going to be. I do think it was uncharacteristic of Seb [in Mexico]. He is a hard racer but normally a fair racer. I don't think he would do it again.”

One rule Ricciardo does want to be implemented is a cut-off time for appeals against penalty decisions or rulings and suggests the Sunday night after the race to avoid dragging it out.

“For me it should be after Sunday night, whatever happens, whatever way it goes, it should be done,” he said. “At first I thought it was because they were trying to reopen the thing with our move, but I heard it was maybe what Max was doing by bringing him towards us. I don't know. I would have just said it's done, that is it.”

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mrfill

November 21, 2016 8:00 PM

richard:
valsp: A true sportsman would not back up a faster driver into a team mate. Its actions such as this that damages the sports image. No way should stewards be allowed to have the final say as they have shown on many ocasions not to be up to the job
it is always difficult to prove that a driver is backing up another so as to help a teammate or to hinder a competitor. webber used to do it, and lulu has done it too. however, in lulus case, the team told him to stop it and to speed up. so at least merc took action when needed.
But didn't lulu back up his team mate? And the team were going to tell the other one to use a faster mode if he didn't stop? Riding shotgun for a team mate has been done for decades by all the front runners. Holding up a team mate is a quite different thing and the action of a scumbag.

Taz

November 21, 2016 9:35 PM

mrfill:
richard:
valsp: A true sportsman would not back up a faster driver into a team mate. Its actions such as this that damages the sports image. No way should stewards be allowed to have the final say as they have shown on many ocasions not to be up to the job
it is always difficult to prove that a driver is backing up another so as to help a teammate or to hinder a competitor. webber used to do it, and lulu has done it too. however, in lulus case, the team told him to stop it and to speed up. so at least merc took action when needed.
But didn't lulu back up his team mate? And the team were going to tell the other one to use a faster mode if he didn't stop? Riding shotgun for a team mate has been done for decades by all the front runners. Holding up a team mate is a quite different thing and the action of a scumbag.
Very true but it's not a gentleman's sport anymore.



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