Daniel Ricciardo says he intends to raise the debate surrounding Romain Grosjean’s aggressive defensive driving during the British Grand Prix in this Friday’s drivers’ briefing.
Grosjean was criticised by fellow drivers for his late change of direction under braking, which he repeated on two occasions when trying to retain his position.
Carlos Sainz labelled Grosjean’s defence during their on-track dice as “very dangerous”, where the Haas driver received a black-and-white flag from race control before his manoeuvre on Ricciardo was investigated.
Although the Frenchman was given a formal warning post-race, he argued the case there is “no real rules” that prevent late blocks.
Having passed Grosjean en route to his best finish of the season in fourth place, Ricciardo said he talked with Grosjean over the incident, but felt someone of his experience should know the rules regarding moves under braking.
“I didn’t go in there with guns blazing,” Ricciardo said, as quoted by Motorsport.com. “Romain has been around long enough, I didn’t want to go in and educate him, he should know by now what he’s doing.
“It’s not only me that is in danger with a late-move and a reaction, but maybe I break my front wing, but likely that you get a puncture, so it’s really for both of us in that scenario.
“If you time it and just move a little earlier, then I probably go the outside, you probably actually have a better chance of defence as well. It’s all stuff he knew.
“When he saw the video, he realised that it was a little bit late. I didn’t feel the need to go back and forth. The stewards were quite good about it.”
With the second grand prix of Silverstone’s double-header this weekend, Ricciardo plans to openly discuss the incident with the rest of the grid in the drivers’ briefing to get their views on the matter.
“We’ll probably bring it up in the next drivers’ meeting next week, just to get the other views,” Ricciardo said. “But I’m sure everyone is on board, it was just a little too late.
“Back in 2016, Max [Verstappen] was doing it a few times under braking and we addressed it, and I felt like we had moved on from that. Behaviour has been pretty good from memory, for the most part, the last few years.
“I gave Romain my opinion of it, and tried to give him a pretty diplomatic answer. If we bring it up in drivers’ briefing on Friday, open a conversation again, he’ll realise it a bit more.
“I’m sure if all the drivers see it, they’ll say yeah, it was a bit on the edge.The main thing is it’s an unnecessary risk for all of us, even for him, he risked getting a puncture or something.
“It’s for all of us, and the longevity of our race.”