Daniel Ricciardo has revealed that the “sidepod and floor” of his RB12 were damaged in the Lap 1 collision caused by his team-mate Daniil Kvyat.
Kvyat ran into the back of Sebastian Vettel at Turn 2 at Sunday’s Russian GP with the impact sending the Ferrari driver into his Red Bull team-mate Ricciardo.
The Aussie was forced to pit for repairs with Kvyat also having to pit while Vettel, who the Russia hit again a corner later, was out of the grand prix.
Ricciardo nursed his damaged car through to the chequered flag but crossed the line down in 11th place, his first race outside the points for this season.
“I’ve just seen the car now and all the sidepod and floor is damaged,” he revealed.
“It cost us the race really. It’s a shame. I expect an apology, put it that way.
“He owes it to a few people today, so, yeah, let’s see. I saw a bit of a replay, during the safety car I was looking at the screens trying to figure out what happened. I had a feeling that’s what happened, and that’s what it looked like for now. So I will watch it again but it seems that sort of had us over today.”
While most of the frontrunners completed their afternoon on just two sets of tyres, Ricciardo had to come in for a second stop given how early his first was.
“I don’t think the tyre was working very well, but we had a lot of damage.
“The car was sliding around a lot and it was hard.
“We put the soft tyre on at the end and that was giving me a little bit more, but lap one shaped the race for us.”