Daniel Ricciardo penalised after bizarre reverse crash in Azerbaijan

DANIEL Ricciardo has been hit with a three place grid penalty after reversing into another driver in what he called a moment of “panic” during the Azerbaijan Formula One Grand Prix on Sunday.

The Australian reversed into Daniil Kvyat after trying to overtake him and then going down the run-off area on lap 31.

It seems he wasn’t await the Russian had also failed to negotiate the turn properly and had stopped right behind him.


Ricciardo then put his Renault into reverse and crunched right into the side of his rival’s car.

Both drivers were forced to retire.

Stewards were quick to blame Ricciardo for the incident, handing him a three-place grid drop for the next event in Spain as well as two penalty points.

The Australian apologised to Kvyat, a former Red Bull teammate, and accepted full responsibility.

“I obviously don’t feel good about what just happened,” he said.

“As soon as I went down the escape road I guess it was just a sense of urgency and a bit of panic, if you will. Just trying to minimise damage and lose as little time as possible.

“I found reverse and started going and to be honest I had no idea he was there. I guess the urgency stopped me from looking,” he added

“I just thought he would have cut back and stayed on track.

“Kind of crappy on my part and I certainly feel bad for the team and for Dani… I feel pretty small at the moment.”

Valtteri Bottas won the race to retake the Championship lead from teammate Lewis Hamilton after a fourth successive one-two finish for Mercedes.