Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo had some choice words for Sky Sports pit reporter Natalie Pinkman after she questioned fellow driver Max Verstappen on last month’s crash between the pair in Azerbaijan.
The two drivers collided on lap 40 with Verstappen occupying fourth place and Ricciardo one behind in fifth as Verstappen closed the door on his teammate as he attempted to overtake on the inside.
The incident had a major impact on the outcome of the race, which was won by Briton Lewis Hamilton, following the deploying of the safety car in the aftermath of the crash.
Red Bull team principle Christian Horner was visibly furious with the pair and made a bee-line for a Red Bull motorhome where the drivers were awaiting their inevitable rollicking.
While Verstappen was being interviewed for Sky Sports, Ricciardo turned on Pinkman as she questioned the former on the incident, asking: "Baku is never discussed?"
Despite Verstappen himself being open, although understandably with some hesitancy, to discussing the incident, Ricciardo quickly interjected, inquiring "is she asking about Baku?", before imploring "let it go Natalie!"
While the mood remained relatively jovial, a sense that Ricciardo really did not want the issue to be raised pervades.
The exchange culminated in Pinkman imploring Ricciardo not to throw her in the water, as he famously did following his third place finish at the 2017 Monaco Grand Prix.
Watch the amusing video clip below.
Both men were ultimately deemed to be at fault for the crash in Azerbaijan, with Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko telling Sky Sports: "We let the drivers race and then they are doing that. Unbelievable. Both were wrong.
"It was a racing accident between the two, there was not more one at fault than the other.
"We expect responsibility from the drivers."
While still at the tender age of 20, Dutch Verstappen is in his fourth year of driving in F1 and has a habit of being involved in controversial incidents.
He clashed with Lewis Hamilton at the 2016 Japanese Grand Prix after forcing him off the track as Hamilton closed in on an overtake, and was branded ‘dangerous’ by then Williams driver Felipe Massa after Verstappen was involved in a high speed collision with Romain Grosjean at the 2015 Monaco Grand Prix.
However, Verstappen’s bravery and combative nature has won him as many fans as enemies, and a blossoming rivalry with teammate Ricciardo will have no ill-effect on his reputation.
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