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.
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Ricciardo then put his Renault into reverse and crunched right into the side of his rival’s car.
Both drivers were forced to retire.
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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.”
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Valtteri Bottas won the race to retake the Championship lead from teammate Lewis Hamilton after a fourth successive one-two finish for Mercedes.