Rosberg Minces No Words at Ricciardo’s Poor Hungarian GP Qualifying

Published 07/31/2021, 12:58 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Formula One – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 3, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo ahead of the Grand Prix REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov


Coming into the Hungarian GP, massive hopes resided on Daniel Ricciardo after he delivered strong results for McLaren at Silverstone last weekend. However, it was yet another ‘so close yet so far’ kind of scenario for Ricciardo, who missed out on Q3 by 0.08s.

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What’s more heartbreaking was that while Ricciardo was lingering in P11, his teammate, Lando Norris, was in P2, with the difference around 0.5s.

Ricciardo was unsurprisingly gutted with his performance, as he took to the team radio to express his frustration. However, Sky F1 failed to censor Ricciardo’s swear words on the live feed, which pushed David Croft to issue an apology, only to be stopped by Nico Rosberg.

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Ricciardo’s message and Rosberg’s reaction

While Ricciardo initially put his car up in P8, some blistering laps from Leclerc and Vettel pushed the Honey Badger outside the top 10. After his race engineer affirmed that he had missed out on Q3, Ricciardo responded, “Argh okay. alright! F*ck“.

The swear word had no censor whatsoever, which quite surprised Croft, one of the F1 commentators. But Rosberg? Not so much. The German even reckoned that it was the right word to describe Ricciardo’s day at Hungaroring.

Yeah, I mean, that is the right word. Because look at this. His teammate is P2, half-a-second up and he (Ricciardo) is 11th. That is another really bad day for Daniel,” he said in the live commentary.

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Unlike Austria or Silverstone, Hungaroring doesn’t offer much overtaking opportunities during the race, considering the frequent turns and lack of straights.

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However, despite starting from so far back on the grid, Ricciardo does hold the trump card in free tire choice. It is highly likely that Ricciardo will start the race on medium tires and look to go on a long stint as opposed to the cars ahead of him, who will be starting on soft tires instead.

Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 30, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo in action during practice REUTERS/Florion Goga

Hence, the chances of Ricciardo securing a strong finish in the race despite starting outside the top 10 are substantially high.

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Of course, it depends on how he starts the race. But, if Ricciardo manages to make up places at the start, strong points finish for the Honey Badger will pretty much be guaranteed. So, will Ricciardo finally manage to beat his teammate at Hungaroring on Sunday?

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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