Daniel Ricciardo responded to Sebastian Vettel’s “ping pong” comment during Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix in typical Daniel Ricciardo fashion on Twitter.
The Australian’s sense of humor has made him a firm favorite throughout the Formula 1 paddock and among fans since making his debut back in 2011.
In Barcelona on Sunday, Ricciardo was left toiling behind Vettel in the closing laps of the race with faster tires, but was unable to make a pass.
The closest he came was with a bold move up the inside at Turn 1, forcing Vettel out wide. Vettel took to the run-off area and continued ahead, before complaining to his Ferrari engineers over the radio.
Ricciardo was quoted after the race saying that Vettel’s comments were typical, as per Autosport.
“Apparently he said I was a bit aggressive on the radio,” Ricciardo said.
“Typical. Unlike 99% of the drivers on the grid I actually tried to make an overtake. A lot of them are content sitting behind and not actually having a crack.
“I tried a few times but it didn’t work. But I wasn’t content sitting in fourth.”
Ricciardo then did what Ricciardo does best: defuse the situation by poking fun at it.