Ricciardo agrees with Rosberg penalty

Date published: July 6 2016

Daniel Ricciardo believes that the stewards were right to issue a timed-penalty on Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg following his collision with teammate Lewis Hamilton on the final lap of the Austrian Grand Prix.

The Aussie, who claimed P5, voiced his opinion on the incident, saying that he understood where the stewards were coming from.

Rosberg was punished for not leaving any room for Hamilton as the two battled for P1 at the Red Bull Ring.

When quizzed about whether the drivers on the grid fully understood the rule of leaving space on the track, he said: “Yeah I think so.”

“As a driver you know where the limit is, sure you can squeeze someone a bit but at some point you’ve got to give them that little bit of room.

“Obviously the stewards thought he [Rosberg] didn’t leave Lewis with really much choice, so I guess thats why they gave him the penalty.

“It was a tight one, I see their point of view.”

Heading into the tenth race of the season, Ricciardo is confident that his RB-12 can put in a strong showing in Silverstone, where he claimed P3 at the 2014 British Grand Prix.

“Yeah absolutely, the way the cars been working this year we should be pretty competitive at Silverstone,” said the Red Bull driver.

“We got a podium a couple of years ago here. I think we can be close; I think it’s going to be really close with Ferrari.

“I’m excited, it’s a circuit I really enjoy, I’m looking forward to it.”