Ricciardo denies trying to ‘screw’ Perez

Date published: August 4 2019 - Michelle Foster

Daniel Ricciardo says he can't enjoy his home race because of the Australian media.

Daniel Ricciardo is adamant he wasn’t trying to “screw” Sergio Perez in qualifying for the Hungarian GP, he only wanted to get his own lap together.

Perez was furious with the Aussie after Saturday’s qualifying at the Hungaroring.

With the track evolving, there was a mad rush at the end of Q1 to post a final lap and try to make it through to the second segment.

However, with drivers backing up to give themselves clean air, traffic proved to be a problem.

Ricciardo was one of those who decided enough was enough and took a chance to pass drivers ahead of him to make sure he crossed the line in time.

However, instead he tripped over Perez and neither had a good opening sector.

They qualified P17 and 18 with Perez ahead, although he’ll start P16 due to Antonio Giovinazzi’s penalty.

The Racing Point driver accused Ricciardo of being disrespectful, something the Renault driver denied.

“I wasn’t trying to screw him, I wasn’t targeting him,” he told Autosport.

“I saw Lewis [Hamilton] go, and it worked for Lewis, and I was like, ‘Well, I’m going to make a decision’, and I thought it would’ve backed everyone else up, so I was like, ‘maybe I can then go as well to get a little bit of gap’.

“It looked like I think [Romain] Grosjean succumbed to being behind Perez, and was like, ‘Alright, I’ll just stay here’.

“I wasn’t trying to be a prick, but obviously I’m trying to get my lap together because I knew that that stage I was probably going to be out of Q1.

“Desperate times.”

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