‘100 per cent Daniel’s fault’: Ricciardo crashes out on opening lap of F1 Brazilian Grand Prix

Daniel Ricciardo’s Brazilian Grand Prix lasted less than one full lap, crashing out after a collision with Kevin Magnussen.

The Australian Formula 1 driver – who started from 11th – began the race in strong fashion, quickly jumping up to ninth.

However, he was caught out at Turn 8 when he clipped Haas driver and unlikely sprint race pole-sitter Magnussen.

The impact saw the Dane spin out and reverse off the track, before collecting Ricciardo and consequently sending him into the barriers. 

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Both drivers retired from the race as a result of the incident.

Ricciardo has since been punished by the FIA for his role in the crash, handed a three-place grid penalty for the season finale in Abu Dhabi next week.

Sky Sports F1 commentator Martin Brundle also found the 33-year-old to be at fault in his immediate on-air reaction.

“That’s 100 per cent Daniel’s fault,” Brundle said.

“Magnussen went inside to cover and Daniel couldn’t slow his car, I think.

“(He) then didn’t recognise the Haas was freewheeling. 

“I’ve got to give that one 100 percent to Daniel, I’m afraid.”

The British former racing driver then defended Magnussen’s decision to reserve off the track.

“Magnussen, I think quite rightly, wanted the car to roll backwards at that point because he’s got the pack coming at him,” he added.

“But his aggressor, in that moment, gets his retribution.”

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Driving in his second-last race for McLaren, the collision was the latest incident in a forgettable season for Ricciardo.

Sitting 12th in the driver standings, the former Red Bull and Renault racer has failed to finish three races this season.

He has also only scored points on six occasions in 2022, with his best result a fifth-place finish in Singapore.

After mutually ending his contract with McLaren in August, the Australian is still without a seat for next season and has now prepared to spend a year on the sidelines.

“I think the reality is now I won’t be on the grid in 2023. I think it’s now just trying to set up for ’24,” Ricciardo said in October

“It’s kind of like just hitting pause for a little bit, as I see it, and, let’s say, as far as my F1 career goes the full intention is for ’24.

“As fun or cool as it sounds to compete in something else, the truth is mentally, I’m not there yet.

“I’m still so, so engaged in this and I think a bit of time off out of a seat will probably do me good.”

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