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.”

Ganassi announces multiyear sponsorship extension with American Legion for No. 10

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Chip Ganassi Racing announced a new primary sponsorship deal with The American Legion this week, shoring up the funding on its No. 10 Dallara-Honda of Alex Palou.

The 2021 NTT IndyCar Series champion primarily had driven with NTT Data sponsorship the past two seasons. But NTT Data will move next season to McLaren Racing as a primary sponsor for Felix Rosenqvist in 10 races and on the Indy 500 car of Tony Kanaan (who drove an American Legion car for Ganassi at the Brickyard last year).

It was the latest twist in a McLaren-Ganassi saga that included a contract dispute for the services of Palou (who is expected to move to McLaren in 2024 after reaching an agreement to race with Ganassi next year).

Ganassi stayed within its own walls to help plug the sponsorship gap left by NTT Data, re-signing The American Legion to a multiyear extension. The Indianapolis-based non-profit organization, which has been sponsoring Ganassi cars for the past few seasons, also will be associated with other Ganassi drivers, including Indy 500 winner Marcus Ericsson and development driver Kyffin Simpson in Indy NXT.

The Ganassi organization will continue promoting The American Legion’s “Be The One” campaign aimed at reducing veteran suicides. The team launched an online auction for the initiative this week.

“Supporting our nation’s veterans is of immense importance to our organization and we are humbled to continue supporting The American Legion’s mission in ending veteran suicide,” team owner Chip Ganassi said in a release. “We will do absolutely everything we can to help veterans get the support they need while raising public awareness of the ‘Be The One’ platform.”

“We have received an overwhelming amount of support from fans, active-duty military members and veterans as a result of this partnership and we’re pleased to see it grow,” said Dean Kessel, chief marketing officer at The American Legion. “Thanks to the continuous collaboration with the team’s other partners, and the promotion of the ‘Be The One’ initiative, we are discovering more ways to engage with the military community than ever before. We want all veterans to know that it’s okay to ask for help.”