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News Ricciardo: Verstappen 'too greedy' with Hamilton move

22:01  12 april  2018
22:01  12 april  2018 Source:   msn.com

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Daniel Ricciardo believes his Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen was "a little too greedy " and squeezed Lewis Hamilton too much in their controversial Bahrain Grand Prix clash. "I think Max had the move [completed] already, I just don't think he needed to run all the way to the kerb.

Verstappen dived inside Hamilton at Turn 1 at the start of the second lap and was almost clear of the Mercedes before his left-rear wheel made contact with Hamilton 's right front.That damaged the rim on Verstappen 's car and caused an immediate Ricciardo : Max was too greedy in Hamilton pass.

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB14 and Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG F1 W09 EQ Power+ collide© Sutton Images Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB14 and Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG F1 W09 EQ Power+ collide

Daniel Ricciardo believes his Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen was "a little too greedy" and squeezed Lewis Hamilton too much in their controversial Bahrain Grand Prix clash.

Verstappen dived inside Hamilton at Turn 1 at the start of the second lap and was almost clear of the Mercedes before his left-rear wheel made contact with Hamilton's right front.

That damaged the rim on Verstappen's car and caused an immediate puncture, which led to the differential being terminally wounded as he limped back to the pits.

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Behind Ricciardo his teammate Verstappen clipped his rear-left wheel with Hamilton ’s front wing “I think Max had the move done, I just don’t think he needed to run Lewis all of the way to the kerb. I think regardless Max would have stayed ahead, he’s just a little bit too greedy in my racing opinion.

Daniel Ricciardo believes Red Bull team-mate Max Verstappen was too " greedy " during an overtake on Lewis Hamilton which ultimately ended his Bahrain Grand Prix. "I think Max had the move done, I just don't think he needed to run Lewis all of the way to the kerb.

Hamilton and Verstappen disagreed over who was to blame for the clash, but Ricciardo said on Thursday in China that the young Dutchman was at fault.

"I'll be honest," said Ricciardo. "It didn't deserve a penalty so that was fine.

"But it reminded me a little bit of me and [Nico] Rosberg in Budapest [in 2015] where he kept coming and I was on the exit kerb and had nowhere else to go.

"I think Max had the move [completed] already, I just don't think he needed to run all the way to the kerb.

"I think regardless Max would have stayed ahead, he was just a little too greedy."

Hamilton said Verstappen was a "dickhead" immediately after the race in the room the top three drivers wait in before the podium ceremony.

He claimed he had forfeited the corner, and Ricciardo agreed Hamilton could not have done more to avoid it.

"I heard some people say Lewis could have lifted but you're there, unless he turned off the track or braked…it's easier said than done," he said.

"Lewis was so tight [to the outside of the track] as well, he wasn't going to make Turn 2 with any form of speed.

"Even if Max had hung around the outside [through Turn 2] I just think Max would have had him regardless. He squeezed him a little too much in my opinion."

Strategy Report: How Red Bull outfoxed Ferrari and Mercedes .
James Allen analyses the Chinese Grand Prix, and believes the tame approach to strategy by Ferrari and Mercedes handed the race to Red Bull’s pass master, Daniel Ricciardo. This was a race Ferrari had two chances to win, Mercedes had one chance to win, Max Verstappen had a chance to win and yet Red Bull actually won it with Ricciardo.This would have been quite a straightforward one-stop race without the Safety Car 21 laps from the end, which Red Bull used to attack boldly by stopping both cars (the second time in the race it had double-stopped its cars on the same lap).

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