Daniel Ricciardo was left fuming after being taken out by Red Bull Formula 1 teammate Max Verstappen on the opening lap of the Hungarian Grand Prix, calling the Dutchman a “sore loser”.
Ricciardo managed to get the jump on Verstappen through the first corner at the Hungaroring on Sunday, nosing ahead as they went through to Turn 2.
Verstappen locked up, sending his car straight into the path of Ricciardo, resulting in contact. Ricciardo’s car spun around and sustained damage, forcing him to jump out and retire from the race.
“Someone hit me. Is that who I thought it was?” Ricciardo asked over the radio following the incident, his engineer replying: “Yep.”
Ricciardo snapped back with a curse before calling Verstappen a “sore loser”, having been resigned to his maiden first-lap retirement in F1.
Ricciardo duly made his way down to the Red Bull garage for an explanation, while Verstappen was hit with a 10-second time penalty for causing a collision.