Daniel Ricciardo has been handed a three-place grid penalty for the upcoming Spanish Grand Prix after he reversed into the side of Daniil Kvyat, which ultimately saw the pair retire.
The Renault driver was attempting an overtake into turn three on the Toro Rosso for 10th, failing to slow down enough to make the corner. With Kvyat on the outside, the Renault also forced him wide and running out of road.
In haste, Ricciardo reversed and with Kvyat in the way collided with the Toro Rosso. Kvyat’s floor was substantially damaged, despite the slow speed of the accident and the pair retired shortly after.
Speaking in the aftermath of the incident, as reported by the Formula 1 website, Ricciardo had no excuse for it.
I just went for it. It was pretty tight, but I knew I had to try and get him quite quickly.
When we were getting too close to the other cars we were killing the fronts so I felt I was close enough and as soon as I went in I felt I was going to struggle to make it.
I just found reverse and then started pulling away and to be honest I had no idea he was behind me.
Kvyat was disappointed in the Ricciardo, saying ‘I’ll buy him a rear view mirror for the next race.”