Cape Town - Daniel Ricciardo says his exuberant pole position
celebrations in Mexico where never designed to "piss" off Max Verstappen,
he was just "super happy" with his P1.
Dominating the weekend's practice sessions, Verstappen was
the favourite to claim pole position for the Mexican Grand Prix.
If he did so, he would be the sport's youngest ever pole
But it wasn't to be as Ricciardo put in a flying lap out of
nowhere to take pole by 0.026s. Verstappen was second.
It was, however, the Dutchman who had the last laugh as he
won the grand prix while Ricciardo retired with yet another mechanical issue.
Verstappen's father Jos said later his son had been spurred
on by his "anger" over Ricciardo's pole position celebrations.
The Aussie insists it was never his goal to "piss"
off his team-mate.
Asked about Jos' comments, Ricciardo said: "I am not
aware of that. I was aware Max was pissed after qualy, the press conference and
that you could tell he was not too pleased.
"I don't think it was really directed at me. I think
anyone missing their first pole by such a small margin is going to be pissed.
"Even if I missed that pole, if I was in his shoes,
even if it was not for my first pole, I would still be upset. That is the
competitor in us.
"I didn't see it as anything personal, like I was
rubbing it in. I was super happy because it has been a tough year. I was the underdog
in that fight for pole. So to do it, I was pretty stoked.
"From his point of view, he was the favourite all
weekend, topping all the sessions, and to get pipped by your team-mate by two
hundredths, it is going to piss you off. That is just the competitor."
As for Verstappen, he says he was angry at the situation,
not his team-mate.
"I was mainly very angry because of the problems I've
had with my engine during qualifying and then you know, that weekend I was
clearly the fastest but just for 75 seconds I wasn't. So yeah I was literally
"Then of course every little thing which comes with it
makes me even more angrier, I could literally... I prefer not to say.
"I could literally do some damage if somebody would say
something wrong to me after qualifying. That's how angry I was. So yeah, every
little thing makes me more angry."