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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