Ricciardo seeking peers’ opinions on Grosjean’s defence

Date published: August 4 2020

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Daniel Ricciardo has said he will raise Romain Grosjean’s defensive moves from the British GP at the next drivers’ briefing.

The Frenchman caught the eye for the wrong reasons at Silverstone, with some late moves under braking almost causing what would have been some pretty big collisions out on the track.

Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo was one driver feeling the effects of a very punchy Grosjean and labelled the Haas driver’s defending as “sketchy” while McLaren’s Carlos Sainz was also given a hard time earlier on in the race.

Grosjean was shown the black-and-white flag, signifying an official warning, though he brushed off his actions as harsh but fair.

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Ricciardo isn’t ready to drop the issue yet though and said he will raise it in Friday’s drivers’ briefing to get the views of the other competitors regarding moves under braking.

“I didn’t go in there with guns blazing,” Ricciardo is quoted by Motorsport.com.

“Romain has been around long enough, I didn’t want to go in and educate him, he should know by now what he’s doing.

“It’s not only me that is in danger with a late-move and a reaction, but maybe I break my front wing, but likely that you get a puncture, so it’s really for both of us in that scenario.

“If you time it and just move a little earlier, then I probably go the outside, you probably actually have a better chance of defence as well. It’s all stuff he knew.

“When he saw the video, he realised that it was a little bit late. I didn’t feel the need to go back and forth. The stewards were quite good about it.

“We’ll probably bring it up in the next drivers’ meeting next week, just to get the other views, but I’m sure everyone is on board, it was just a little too late.

“Back in 2016, Max [Verstappen] was doing it a few times under braking and we addressed it, and I felt like we had moved on from that. Behaviour has been pretty good from memory, for the most part, the last few years.

“I gave Romain my opinion of it, and tried to give him a pretty diplomatic answer. If we bring it up in drivers’ briefing on Friday, open a conversation again, he’ll realise it a bit more.

“I’m sure if all the drivers see it, they’ll say yeah, it was a bit on the edge. The main thing is it’s an unnecessary risk for all of us, even for him, he risked getting a puncture or something.

“It’s for all of us, and the longevity of our race.”

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