Ricciardo pole celebrations "agitated" Verstappen, says Jos

Daniel Ricciardo's Mexican Grand Prix pole celebrations left his Red Bull Formula 1 teammate Max Verstappen even more “irritated” at his qualifying defeat, his father Jos has revealed.

Ricciardo pole celebrations "agitated" Verstappen, says Jos

Max Verstappen had swept practice at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez and led the way after the opening runs in the pole shoot-out.

But Daniel Ricciardo improved at the death to deny Verstappen by 0.026s, preventing the Dutchman from becoming F1's youngest-ever pole-sitter.

Verstappen, who described his qualifying as “crap” and blamed losing pole on a brake-locking issue, went on to win the race on Sunday.

He admitted afterwards that he “didn't sleep very well” after his qualifying disappointment.

“I wasn't happy either, but I spoke to him before going to sleep. I tried to calm him down a bit,” Jos Verstappen told Dutch TV show Peptalk.

“He was upset because the car wasn’t right. [On Sunday morning] he said right away he slept very badly.

“He was irritated because he missed out on pole and because of the car, but also because of Ricciardo’s exuberance celebrating pole.

“So he was really agitated and he only wanted one thing - to win that race.”

Asked whether he was concerned about his son's state of mind coming into the race, Jos said: “I already received messages from my sister and my daughter, saying: ‘Hopefully he won’t do anything crazy.’ But usually when Max is mad he just goes faster.”

Ricciardo bogged down badly from pole in the race, and was passed immediately by both Verstappen and Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton.

Hamilton then challenged Verstappen for the lead on the run-up to Turn 1, but the Dutchman held the inside line and retained the lead, going on to control the race from there.

“In the end it was a good thing he started from second place,” Jos said.

“If you look at Hamilton’s start and how he gets in between the Red Bulls, Max would have been on the outside if he had started on pole.

“It all worked out well.”

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB14 and Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG F1 W09 lead at the start of the race

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB14 and Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG F1 W09 lead at the start of the race

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Sutton Images

shares
comments
How a third car launched an F1 legend

Previous article

How a third car launched an F1 legend

Next article

Why the Renault engine was so strong in Mexico

Why the Renault engine was so strong in Mexico
Load comments
The final throes of Brazil's fleetingly successful F1 team Prime

The final throes of Brazil's fleetingly successful F1 team

Emerson Fittipaldi is better remembered for his Formula 1 world championships and Indianapolis 500 successes than for the spell running his eponymous F1 team. Despite a hugely talented roll call of staff, it was a period of internal strife, limited funding and few results - as remembered by Tim Wright.

Why McLaren's expanding agenda will benefit its F1 resurgence Prime

Why McLaren's expanding agenda will benefit its F1 resurgence

In the 1960s and 1970s, McLaren juggled works entries in F1, sportscars and the Indy 500 while building cars for F3 and F2. Now it’s returning to its roots, expanding into IndyCars and Extreme E while continuing its F1 renaissance. There’s talk of Formula E and WEC entries too. But is this all too much, too soon? Stuart Codling talks to the man in charge.

Formula 1
Oct 17, 2021
How Tsunoda plans to achieve his F1 potential Prime

How Tsunoda plans to achieve his F1 potential

Yuki Tsunoda arrived in grand prix racing amid a whirlwind of hype, which only increased after his first race impressed the biggest wigs in Formula 1. His road since has been rocky and crash-filled, and OLEG KARPOV asks why Red Bull maintains faith in a driver who admits he isn’t really that big a fan of F1?

Formula 1
Oct 15, 2021
The danger of reading too much into F1's clickbait radio messages Prime

The danger of reading too much into F1's clickbait radio messages

OPINION: After Lewis Hamilton responded to reports labelling him 'furious' with Mercedes following his heated exchanges over team radio during the Russian Grand Prix, it provided a snapshot on how Formula 1 broadcasting radio snippets can both illuminate and misrepresent the true situation

Formula 1
Oct 14, 2021
How F1’s pole winner approach undermines drivers Prime

How F1’s pole winner approach undermines drivers

OPINION: Valtteri Bottas is credited with pole position for the 2021 Turkish Grand Prix, despite being beaten in qualifying. This is another example of Formula 1 and the FIA scoring an own goal by forgetting what makes motorsport magic, with the Istanbul race winner also a victim of this in the championship’s recent history

Formula 1
Oct 13, 2021
Turkish Grand Prix driver ratings Prime

Turkish Grand Prix driver ratings

On a day that the number two Mercedes enjoyed a rare day in the sun, the Turkish Grand Prix produced several standout drives - not least from a driver who has hit a purple patch of late

Formula 1
Oct 11, 2021
The hidden factors that thwarted Hamilton's bid for Turkey glory Prime

The hidden factors that thwarted Hamilton's bid for Turkey glory

Starting 11th after his engine change grid penalty, Lewis Hamilton faced a tough task to repeat his Turkish Grand Prix heroics of 2020 - despite making strong early progress in the wet. Instead, his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas broke through for a first win of the year to mitigate Max Verstappen re-taking the points lead

Formula 1
Oct 11, 2021
How pitstops evolved into an F1 art form Prime

How pitstops evolved into an F1 art form

A Formula 1 pitstop is a rapid-fire blend of high technology and human performance. PAT SYMONDS describes how the science of margin gains makes stops so quick

Formula 1
Oct 10, 2021