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Max Verstappen publicly apologized to his Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo for forced-out him out on the first lap of the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Max brought home 10 valuable championship points at the Hungarian Grand Prix, but the race was a annoying afternoon for the Red Bulls, with the race compromised almost immediately after the start when Verstappen collided with Ricciardo, an incident that ended the Aussie’s race.

Ricciardo race was over just a few hundred metres after the start. Both Red Bulls made a good start and as they went through the first corner both Max and Daniel overtook fourth-on-the-grid Lewis Hamilton.

Daniel, with slightly better pace, then drew alongside Max and set up an overtaking move around the outside of Turn 2. Max defended and went deep into the braking zone before the Dutchman had a small lock-up and that unsettled his car. He slid sideways and his right front wheel hit Daniel’s left sidepod.

Daniel went off track and tried to rejoin but the damage was too great. He lost control in the middle of the track, causing those around to take evasive action. Max was more fortunate and as the safety car was deployed he carried on in fourth place behind leader Vettel, Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen and Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas.

The level of frustration grew when racing resumed. The incident involving Max and Daniel had been placed under investigation and following the safety car’s departure race control informed the Team that Max had been handed a 10-second time penalty for causing the collision.

“It is never my intention to hit anyone but especially not your team-mate, and especially the relationship I have with Daniel,” Verstappen said.

“We can always have a laugh so this is not nice.”

Speaking before Verstappen offered his apology, Ricciardo, 28, told BBC Radio 5 live: “The way Max handles it, more than the way I handle it, will dictate how it goes in the future.

“For sure I can go and call him names after the race but it’s more how he will respond – if he acts like the age he is, or if he acts like a man about it and and admits the error.

“If he starts bringing in some other kind of excuse, then we’ll have some problems.”

Verstappen, who also angered Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton with his defensive driving early in the race, said: “It is not what you want to touch your team-mate but I didn’t do it on purpose.

“You try to fight for position, but fair, but I locked up and it is difficult to control that when you are also tight on the first lap.

“It is not nice and good but I will speak to Daniel about that. I apologise to him and also to the team because we could have scored some good points there.

“We were both fighting for position in Turn Two. So we braked quite deep into the corner but I had a car in front of me so I locked the front and then I was just a passenger.

“I was trying to avoid Daniel, of course, but unfortunately it was not possible.”

Source: Red Bull Racing/BBC

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