Daniel Ricciardo and Carlos Sainz have led the criticism of Romain Grosjean’s “very dangerous” and “unacceptable” driving during the British Grand Prix – although the Frenchman insisted he “doesn’t care”.
After weaving while under attack from Sainz, Grosjean was handed a black-and-white flag, meaning a final warning, by stewards and was then summoned to see them after the race following a similar move on Ricciardo.
Ricciardo called it “a bit sketchy” over the team radio at the time but later agreed that the situation was “manageable” as Grosjean avoided a penalty.
“As long as he’s aware that it was close to being a bit on the edge,” Ricciardo told Sky F1.
Sainz, however, was more critical of the Haas driver’s movements.
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He said: “I think it’s unacceptable. You can clearly see how he was waiting for me to get close to go side-by-side to give me a shock.
“We’re doing 300kp/h, we need to respect each other a bit more because you’ve seen a couple of accidents today [Kevin Magnussen, Daniil Kvyat] that are huge.
“I think the drivers… we don’t realise the speed we’re going and when I nearly crashed into Romain because he moved too late. I think he’ll have a look at it and regret it because it’s clearly dangerous and unacceptable.”
Responding to Ricciardo’s criticism of his “sketchy” driving, Grosjean replied: “I don’t care.
“I’m sorry if I did anything wrong, I haven’t seen the footage. I don’t see much in my mirrors and the closing speed with DRS is big so sometimes it is hard to judge.
“But again, I always leave more than a car’s width. But nobody had to back off from the move and both went through so…
“Again, if I did anything wrong I am sorry but I also have to defend myself and push my race.”
Ricciardo returned his joint-best finish since joining Renault with his P4 thanks to a spate of late punctures and only ending up little over a second from scoring a first podium place in nearly two years.
When asked if his pace surprised him, he said: “At times, for sure. At the end it did. I thought we weren’t going to be fast with the hard tyre for the last part of the race but once I got into clear air I was just able to push on it.
“I could see I was closing in on the McLarens a bit and they were closing in on Charles [Leclerc]. We had pace, it was good.
“I saw actually that Charles was 1.1secs at the finish line in front so quite close to a podium. But it was a good race for the team as well – fourth and sixth – and it’s nice to get some big points.
“I know they’re happy and relieved so it’s a good one. It was crazy with a lot of incidents and punctures so next week will be interesting with softer compounds but I think it just forces us to do a two-stop and maybe make it more exciting again.”