Ricciardo: Max was too greedy in Hamilton pass

Date published: April 13 2018

Daniel Ricciardo reckons Max Verstappen was a “little bit too greedy” in his attempted pass on Lewis Hamilton in Bahrain.

Having weighed in on Valtteri Bottas’ lack of a pass in Bahrain, Ricciardo has now shared his thoughts on Verstappen’s efforts from last Sunday.

The Dutchman tried to pass Hamilton early in the Bahrain Grand Prix but pushed the Mercede driver wide.

Hamilton refused to be run off the run, which resulted in Verstappen instead running over his front win.

The Red Bull driver suffered a puncture and retired from the race because of the damage to his car.

“It didn’t deserve a penalty, so that was fine,” Ricciardo told Crash.net. “It reminded me a little bit of me and Rosberg in Budapest where Rosberg kept coming and I was on the exit kerb, and I had nowhere else to go.

“I think Max had the move done, I just don’t think he needed to run Lewis all of the way to the kerb. I think regardless Max would have stayed ahead, he’s just a little bit too greedy in my racing opinion.

“I heard some people say Lewis could have lifted and pulled out, but like you’re there, unless you turned off the track or braked. It’s easier said than done.

“I don’t think because Lewis was so tight as well, he wasn’t going to make Turn 2 with any form of speed so even if Max hung around the outside, I think Max would have had him regardless but squeezed him a little bit too much.”