Daniel Ricciardo has joked that he “hated every second” of his apology to Carlos Sainz after last weekend’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.
Speaking on Trevor Noah’s The Daily Show ahead of the inaugural Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix, the Australian discussed the incident which saw Carlos Sainz spin out at Imola.
“Again, I think probably… with experience and just being in [Formula 1] for so long I know I have… the maturity now to know how much we all put into it,” Ricciardo said.
“If I hold myself accountable for something, then I feel like I want to just apologise.”
In wet conditions, the pair found themselves driving toe-to-toe coming out of the very first turn of the race.
As both cars entered the Tamburello chicane, the Ferrari got tagged despite appearing to leave enough space for the McLaren on the inside.
The contact forced Sainz onto the gravel and ultimately ended his race.
Ricciardo was able to continue, but the fact he could only manage an 18th place finish will not have been of any consolation to the Spaniard.
Sainz has endured a difficult start to the 2022 season and the DNF will not have helped his cause.
However, the Ferrari driver was swift to commend his rival for apologising to both himself and his team.
“As a sportsman, Daniel is honoured that he came to the Ferrari pit box immediately after the race and apologised to me,” Sainz said.
“All the mechanics noticed that and thanked him for the gesture.”
Both drivers’ attitudes suggest there will be no spill-over from last week’s incident when racing in the future.
Looking to Miami, Sainz will attempt to capitalise on the speed the Ferrari has been showcasing this season, whilst Ricciardo will hope to return points as he continues to get to grips with the new McLaren.