Ricciardo, Verstappen clear the air after Hungary first lap clash (VIDEO)

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Red Bull Racing teammates Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen appear to have moved on Monday morning following the Hungarian Grand Prix, following their own first lap clash.

Verstappen was trying to pass Ricciardo on the opening lap but wound up hitting him, which knocked the Australian out of a Grand Prix on the first lap for the first time in his career.

The usually ebullient Ricciardo was understandably frustrated after the contact, telling NBCSN’s Will Buxton after the race, “It was out of my hands. Not obviously what I want. There was never a pass there. It was a mistake… there was no way as Valtteri was covering the inside. I was on my line. It doesn’t change my race. Just over ambitious… that’s youth.”

Verstappen immediately took blame when he spoke to Buxton in the post-race media bullpen.

“So yeah I think I was put in that position after Turn 1, getting pushed on the Astroturf,” he said. “We both went deep into T2. I had Bottas in front, so I locked the front, and I tried to keep it to the inside, but I kept locking locking locking and unfortunately I touched Daniel at I think the weakest point on the car in the side.

“That was very unfortunate. Of course it’s not what I want, and sorry to Daniel for that, because I think we have always had a very good relationship and race really well together. That was never my intention.”

Ricciardo then posted on Twitter Monday that he and Verstappen had talked about it and “handled the situation.” You can see those messages below.

Formula 1: Recapping the past week’s news

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This past week in Formula 1 was dominated by teams launching their 2018 challengers for the 2018 FIA Formula 1 World Championship season.

A total of six teams took the covers off their new chassis for the world to see this week, joining Haas F1 Team and Williams Martini Racing in doing so.

The list below contains the teams that launched their 2018 chassis this week and the name of their 2018 chassis:

  • Red Bull Racing – RB14
  • Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team – C37
  • Renault Sport F1 Team – R.S.18
  • Scuderia Ferrari – SJ71H
  • Mercedes AMG Petronas – W09
  • McLaren F1 Team – MCL33

Testing for everyone begins on Monday at theĀ Circuit deĀ Barcelona-Catalunya, home of the Spanish Grand Prix, beginning a stretch of two weeks of pre-season testing prior to the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

Sahara Force India and Scuderia Toro Rosso are expected to unveil their 2018 cars the morning of the first day of testing.

Force India Up for Sale?

Rumors about the future of Sahara Force India, already rumored to be changing names soon, took yet another interesting this week as news surfaced about a possible sale of the team to British energy drink firm Rich Energy.

This news also comes as current majority team owner Dr. Vijay Mallya faces developing legal troubles involving money laundering, further adding to the murky environment surrounding a team that has become the “best of the rest” behind Mercedes, Ferrari, and Red Bull in recent years.

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