Perth F1 star Daniel Ricciardo hasn’t spoken to Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll since Chinese Grand Prix crash

Samantha Rogers
The Nightly
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Australian Formula One star Daniel Ricciardo has revealed he still hasn’t spoken to Lance Stroll after the Aston Martin driver crashed into him at the Chinese Grand Prix.
Australian Formula One star Daniel Ricciardo has revealed he still hasn’t spoken to Lance Stroll after the Aston Martin driver crashed into him at the Chinese Grand Prix. Credit: Rudy Carezzevoli/Getty Images

Australian Formula One star Daniel Ricciardo has revealed he still hasn’t spoken to Lance Stroll after the Aston Martin driver crashed into him at the Chinese Grand Prix.

Perth-born Ricciardo was chasing his first points of the season in China when Stroll failed to react in time to an incident on the track and slammed into the back of the Visa CashApp RB car.

The team was forced to retire the car a handful of laps later.

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Stroll refused to admit he was at fault for the crash in a response that made Ricciardo’s “blood boil”.

“I’m doing my best not to say what I want to say. But f*** that guy – and I’m being nice still,” he said post-race

“But if that’s what he thinks, I’m like … yeah.”

Asked if he had spoken to Stroll, 25, ahead of the Miami Grand Prix this weekend, Ricciardo said: “No.”

Australian Formula One star Daniel Ricciardo has revealed he still hasn’t spoken to Lance Stroll after the Aston Martin driver crashed into him at the Chinese Grand Prix.
Australian Formula One star Daniel Ricciardo has revealed he still hasn’t spoken to Lance Stroll after the Aston Martin driver crashed into him at the Chinese Grand Prix. Credit: Rudy Carezzevoli/Getty Images

“I would say no, because I feel it’s not gonna go anywhere,” the 34-year-old added.

“If he texted just saying, ‘Yeah, you know, my bad’, whatever. OK, I can accept an apology.

“I’m not that much of an a...hole. But the fact that there’s not even that, he clearly doesn’t think he did anything wrong. So I guess there’s not much to say.

“If we sit next to each other tomorrow at the driver’s briefing and he wants to chat, I’m not gonna ignore him or anything.”

Ricciardo went on to say while all drivers were rivals, you “don’t need enemies” out on the track.

“Not going as far as saying he’s an enemy or anything,” he said.

“It’s an incident and we’ll move on but you don’t obviously want to get what you’re given and, again, I’m not directing this at him but it’s my approach and, of course, if I’ve got on track stuff with someone then let’s run it out and see what happens.

“It doesn’t need to be anything so I’m not saying it will be but, in that position, if I didn’t see him in person I would at least say ‘Hey, man, sorry I was looking somewhere else’ or ‘You braked really hard, it caught me off guard’, whatever, just something but, yeah, it’s fine.”

Australian Formula One star Daniel Ricciardo has revealed he still hasn’t spoken to Lance Stroll after the Aston Martin driver crashed into him at the Chinese Grand Prix.
Australian Formula One star Daniel Ricciardo has revealed he still hasn’t spoken to Lance Stroll after the Aston Martin driver crashed into him at the Chinese Grand Prix. Credit: Rudy Carezzevoli/Getty Images

Ricciardo is yet to score a championship point this year amid a fight to keep his place on the grid amid fading hopes he could replace Sergio Perez at Red Bull at season’s end.

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