Ricciardo ‘pretty pissed’ after Mexico GP, accuses Vettel of moving under braking

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Daniel Ricciardo felt “pretty pissed” following Sunday’s Mexican Grand Prix after missing out on a podium finish following a late-race battle with Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen, eventually finishing fourth.

Ricciardo started fourth in Mexico, but was pitted at the end of the first lap in response to a safety car period, leaving him on a two-stop strategy for the race.

The Australian was able to make up chunks of time late on when running on softs as the drivers ahead tried to make their mediums last to the checkered flag, allowing him to close on Verstappen and Vettel in the fight for third.

After seeing Verstappen go off-track and stay ahead in third, Ricciardo tried passing Vettel, only for Vettel to defend aggressively and the two to rub wheels.

In the end, Ricciardo crossed the line fifth, but was promoted to fourth after Verstappen was handed a five-second time penalty for going off-track.

“I’m still pretty pissed to be honest, for a few reasons,” Ricciardo told NBCSN after the race.

“First lap, Hamilton defended and cut the chicane and still held lead. How and why, that shouldn’t be allowed. You make a mistake, you can lose so many positions – and he gets it first. He deserved a penalty.

“When I saw Max do it, he should get a penalty, they got that one right.”

Ricciardo also believes that Vettel breached the recently-introduced regulation regarding moving under braking.

“I had a word with him at the end. I saw he was covering, before braking he moved,” Ricciardo said.

“I saw the gap and went for it. Track opens up a little bit. I committed and he’s moved again. The apex is so tight and we slid into each other.

“That’s moving under braking. Everyone is complaining Max is doing it, and Seb did it with him today.”

Ricciardo was asked if Vettel would take the angle that he was defending from Verstappen: “I want to swear but I won’t. I will say that’s BS to put it politely.

“You can’t attack by defending if you know what I mean. I knew the thing that made it more difficult was Seb had DRS on Max. It was hard to fight on Seb. They were fighting obviously.

“I’m sad to not be on the podium but the last 10 laps were awesome, don’t get me wrong. The first part was a bit more static, but the end came alive. I wish I was up on that stadium.”

UPDATE 18:18 ET – Ricciardo and Vettel called to stewards

Ricciardo and Vettel have both been called before the FIA stewards in Mexico over their on-track clash. Vettel is accused of “driving dangerously or erratically between Turns 4 and 5.”

IndyCar disappointed by delay of video game but aiming to launch at start of 2024

IndyCar video game 2024

An IndyCar executive said there is “absolutely” disappointment that its long-awaited video game recently was delayed beyond its target date, but the series remains optimistic about the new title.

“Well, I don’t know how quick it will be, but the whole situation is important to us,” Penske Entertainment president and CEO Mark Miles said during a news conference Monday morning to announce IndyCar’s NTT title sponsorship. “Motorsport Games has spent a lot of money, a lot of effort to create an IndyCar title. What we’ve seen of that effort, which is not completely obvious, is very reassuring.

“I think it’s going to be outstanding. That’s our shared objective, that when it is released, it’s just widely accepted. A great credit both to IndyCar racing, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, something that our fans love.”

In June 2021, IndyCar announced a new partnership with Motorsport Games to create and distribute an IndyCar video game for the PC and Xbox and PlayStation consoles in 2023.

But during an earnings call last week, Motorsport Games said the IndyCar game had been delayed to 2024 to ensure high quality.

Somewhat compounding the delay is that IndyCar’s license for iRacing expired after the end of the 2022 season because of its exclusive agreement with Motorsport Games.

That’s resulted in significant changes for IndyCar on iRacing, which had provided a high-profile way for the series to stay visible during its 2020 shutdown from the pandemic. (Players still can race an unbranded car but don’t race on current IndyCar tracks, nor can they stream).

That’s helped ratchet up the attention on having a video game outlet for IndyCar.

“I wish we had an IndyCar title 10 years ago,” said Miles, who has been working with the organization since 2013. “We’ve been close, but we’ve had these I think speed bumps.”

IndyCar is hopeful the Motorsports Game edition will be ready at the start of 2024. Miles hinted that beta versions could be unveiled to reporters ahead of the time “to begin to show the progress in a narrow way to make sure we’ve got it right, to test the progress so that we’re ready when they’re ready.”

It’s been nearly 18 years since the release of the most recent IndyCar video game for console or PC.

“(We) better get it right,” Miles said. “It’s something we’re very close to and continue to think about what it is to make sure we get it over the line in due course.”