Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo feels Mexican GP winner Lewis Hamilton should have been penalised for cutting the first corner at the start of the race.
Hamilton went straight through turn 1 after locking his brakes, rejoining the track with a significant lead over second-placed Nico Rosberg.
Ricciardo, who saw the incident from behind, believes Hamilton gained an advantage by straightlining the chicane.
The Australian compared the incident to that of his teammate Max Verstappen, where the Dutchman was handed a five-second penalty for cutting the same sequence of corners while defending against Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.
“To be honest, I didn’t understand the start,’’ Ricciardo told Sky Sports F1. “How can you be leading the race, defend, lock your wheels and go off track and still stay in the lead. I think Lewis deserved a penalty. I think anyone in that position deserved a penalty.“
“I saw Max cut the chicane and he got a penalty. So I don’t know what was different with his move and Lewis’. I don’t know, For me if you lock up the brakes and cut the corner, it’s a mistake. You have to pay the price. So that was. Just a bit frustrated with how it panned out today,'' he added.
Ricciardo was initially frustrated to settle for fourth place, saying Vettel shouldn’t have moved under braking in a separate incident between the former teammates..
The German was eventually slapped with a 10-second penalty, promoting Ricciardo to the final spot on the podium. However, the Australian never physically stood on the rostrum, as the penalty was handed a few hours after the chequered flag was dropped.
by Rachit Thukral