Daniel Ricciardo and Valtteri Bottas tangled at the start of the Mexico City Grand Prix but the stewards took no action. Was that the right call?
IncidentMax Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton. While they swept into turn one ahead of him, Bottas turned in third.
Ricciardo, who started seventh, approached the corner on the inside but locked his front-right wheel. As he turned into the corner he nudged Bottas, sending the Mercedes into a spin.
Both drivers continued in the race but two other drivers were eliminated in collisions which occured behind them. Esteban Ocon was hit by both Mick Schumacher and Yuki Tsunoda. The Alpine driver continued, but his two assailants retired on the spot with damage.
How it happened
What they said
In the cars
“Somebody hit me and caused me to spin,” said Bottas after he continued. “Can you see who hit me from further behind? Nothing I could do.”
Ricciardo said only that “I think I have damage.”
Sergio Perez, who took evasive action at the first corner, said: “Who was the idiot who crashed into Bottas? He nearly took me out as well.”
After the crash
I had a good launch, so I had a slipstream and we were looking pretty good. I was alongside, I think, Perez into one.
And I locked [up] initially and then I collected it […] I locked before kind of the entry point, and then I gathered it up again. And I think it just looks like we’ve – obviously Valtteri has come to kind of close the apex and then hits me, I think Perez, and there’s basically not enough room for all of us. So it was actually a lot smaller hit than I thought.
The incident in pictures
The official verdict
The incident was noted but race control later announced: “Lap one turns one-two incident, no investigation necessary.”
Relevant recent incidents
- Pierre Gasly was penalised for a first-lap collision with Fernando Alonso in the Turkish Grand Prix
- Valtteri Bottas was penalised for a first-lap collision with Lando Norris and others in the Hungarian Grand Prix
- Lance Stroll was penalised for a first-lap collision with Charles Leclerc and others in the Hungarian Grand Prix
Did the stewards make the right call on Ricciardo? Cast your vote below and have your say in the comments.
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