‘Cheeky’ Drivers Should ‘Expect a Bit of Sh*t to Come Their Way’: Ricciardo Responds to Vettel’s F1 Complaint

Published 07/09/2021, 9:25 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Formula One – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 3, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo during the press conference Pool via REUTERS/Clive Rose


F1’s Gentlemen’s agreement has been a controversial topic after several impeding incidents in qualifying this season. And once again this agreement was breached at the Austrian GP.

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Gentlemen’s agreement is an unwritten rule Between the 20 drivers, that no driver will attempt to overtake in order to create space while beginning a fast lap in qualifying.

During the end of the Q2 at Austrian GP, many drivers backed off in order to create a gap ahead of them. While many drivers were not so patient and jumped the queue.

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As a result, it triggered the incident where Sebastian Vettel impeded Fernando Alonso for which the former received a three-place grid penalty.

After the incident, Vettel was understandably annoyed as several drivers jumped ahead of him. Meanwhile, the German and other drivers demanded the FIA to impose strict rules.

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Drivers capable to sort out things themselves: Daniel Ricciardo

McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo believes the driver who breaches the gentlemen’s agreement should expect trouble. Moreover, the Australian admitted drivers are capable to sort things on their own.

“I think at the end of day, like if someone’s been a bit cheeky and taken advantage of the situation that we’ve agreed, then that driver or those drivers should maybe just expect a bit of shit to come their way at some point,” said Daniel Ricciardo.

Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 3, 2021. McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo in action during qualifying REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger.

“That’s the decision and the choice they make, so I’m happy for us to sort it out our own way.”

What did Lando Norris say?

Meanwhile Ricciardo’s teammate, Lando Norris revealed that drivers who abide by the rules and regulations are often the ones who then end up being put in tricky situations with traffic.

“I don’t know if a rule needs to be in place, but maybe it does because people can just get caught out for no reason,” said Lando Norris.

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Formula One F1 – Formula One – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 3, 2021. McLaren’s Lando Norris during the press conference Pool via REUTERS/Mark Sutton.

“For doing the correct thing, they can get screwed over and caught out, which isn’t fair, in my opinion. But we’re going to speak about it at the next drivers’ briefing.”

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What do you think? Should FIA impose new stricter rules or the driver’s agreement is enough? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Pingaksh Sharma

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Pingaksh Sharma is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been following this sport since India hosted the Grand Prix in 2012 and has been an ardent supporter of the eventual race winner, Sebastian Vettel. He is also a fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull and hopes the former breaks the Lewis Hamilton dominance.

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