Ricciardo says zesty tussle with Sainz just "rubbin' racing"

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Ricciardo says zesty tussle with Sainz just "rubbin' racing"

Daniel Ricciardo's solid defense against Carlos Sainz in the US Grand Prtix was labeled "a bit dirty" by the Ferrari driver, but the Aussie insists the tussle was just a case of "rubbin' racing".

Ricciardo and Sainz enjoyed an almost race-long spirited battle at the Circuit of the Americas, but it was one that the Spaniard was unable to win despite his best efforts to overhaul the McLaren driver.

In the second half of the race, as they were dicing wheel-to-wheel, the pair made contact. While the clash was inconsequential, Sainz went on the radio to call Ricciardo's driving "a bit dirty".

"At times it was let's say kind of a standard progressive race or whatever, but then at times it was interesting," said Ricciardo.

"The first lap was a lot of fun. I got Carlos I think on the start, then he got me back with a good move outside of six into seven.

"And then I got him back Turn 17 I think on the inside. So it was three kind of changes in position on the first lap was cool, but that was crucial for me to get a top five today.

"Charles showed that Ferrari were quicker, we couldn't match that pace today. So obviously that's something we've got to still try to find. But to beat one of them its quite rewarding.

"And [Sainz] put on a good attack later on in the race as well and we obviously went side-by-side, and a little bit of banging wheels.

"So it was very fun, and very needed to hold on for everything I could. Obviously, you don't deliberately try to go into someone, but that's obviously a bit of a bit of rubbing racing.

"And when you put yourself on the outside, obviously you're a little bit more exposed. So nothing was deliberate, but I guess it's the risk that he ran by trying on the outside."

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When told that Sainz had called his on-track antics "a bit dirty", Ricciardo said that he didn't mind the characterization.

"That's cool," he said. "I'm happy to be dirty. I'm a nice guy, so being dirty every now and then is alright!"

At the end of the day, Ricciardo finished P5, two spots ahead Sainz, although overall, Ferrari reduced its deficit to McLaren in the Constructors' standings to just 3.5 points thanks to Charles Leclerc's run to P4 in Austin.

In addition to fending off Sainz in the closing stages of the race, Ricciardo was also forced to carefully manage his tyres in order to secure a good result.

"It was definitely tricky, because when you come out of the pits on a new set, you have a little more grip," the McLaren charger explained.

"But if you use it early, then it drops away even quicker. It was a race where you never really felt you could push.

"I mean we're pushing, but it's only to what the tyre is capable of. So definitely there were some laps where you're in a little bit of limbo, do I push more or do I not?

"And then Carlos when he started to come and attack me more, I had no choice but to push, and there wasn't much left in it at times."

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2021 United States Grand Prix Index

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2021 United States Grand Prix Index

Welcome to our index page of the 2021 United States Grand Prix. From here you will be able to find links to all our latest reports, pictures and results from the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.

Session Reports

FP1: Bottas and Hamilton comfortably lead first practice in Austin

FP2: Perez moves ahead of Norris in second practice in Austin

FP3: Perez and Red Bull remain on top in final practice

Qualifying: Verstappen beats Hamilton to thrilling US Grand Prix pole

Race: Verstappen just hangs on to deny Hamilton in US GP

Photos

Gallery: All the pictures from Thursday's build-up in Austin

Gallery: All the pictures from practice day in Austin

Gallery: All the pictures from qualifying day in Austin

Gallery: All the pictures from race day in Austin

Results

Free Practice 1 results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:34.874s 17
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:34.919s + 0.045s 18
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:35.806s + 0.932s 16
4 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:36.334s + 1.460s 18
5 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1:36.508s + 1.634s 20
6 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 1:36.611s + 1.737s 18
7 Sergio Pérez Red Bull 1:36.798s + 1.924s 20
8 Lando Norris McLaren 1:36.855s + 1.981s 11
9 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1:36.874s + 2.000s 18
10 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo 1:36.876s + 2.002s 18
11 George Russell Williams 1:36.966s + 2.092s 19
12 Esteban Ocon Alpine 1:36.970s + 2.096s 22
13 Lance Stroll Aston Martin 1:36.972s + 2.098s 20
14 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 1:36.982s + 2.108s 20
15 Fernando Alonso Alpine 1:37.068s + 2.194s 12
16 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 1:37.458s + 2.584s 18
17 Nicholas Latifi Williams 1:37.463s + 2.589s 19
18 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 1:37.954s + 3.080s 22
19 Mick Schumacher Haas 1:38.866s + 3.992s 17
20 Nikita Mazepin Haas 1:42.239s + 7.365s 19

Free Practice 2 results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Sergio Pérez Red Bull 1:34.946s 24
2 Lando Norris McLaren 1:35.203s + 0.257s 20
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:35.310s + 0.364s 22
4 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:35.360s + 0.414s 24
5 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 1:35.457s + 0.511s 21
6 Lance Stroll Aston Martin 1:35.561s + 0.615s 25
7 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:35.572s + 0.626s 23
8 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:35.824s + 0.878s 23
9 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1:35.919s + 0.973s 24
10 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1:36.138s + 1.192s 26
11 Esteban Ocon Alpine 1:36.158s + 1.212s 23
12 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 1:36.242s + 1.296s 25
13 Fernando Alonso Alpine 1:36.376s + 1.430s 18
14 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo 1:36.558s + 1.612s 25
15 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 1:36.718s + 1.772s 30
16 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 1:36.983s + 2.037s 24
17 Mick Schumacher Haas 1:37.041s + 2.095s 24
18 Nicholas Latifi Williams 1:37.254s + 2.308s 26
19 George Russell Williams 1:37.490s + 2.544s 21
20 Nikita Mazepin Haas 1:38.026s + 3.080s 23

Free Practice 3 results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Sergio Pérez Red Bull 1:34.701s 13
2 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1:34.805s + 0.104s 16
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:34.912s + 0.211s 13
4 Lando Norris McLaren 1:34.945s + 0.244s 13
5 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:34.988s + 0.287s 15
6 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:35.219s + 0.518s 16
7 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 1:35.345s + 0.644s 11
8 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 1:35.398s + 0.697s 17
9 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:35.688s + 0.987s 17
10 Esteban Ocon Alpine 1:35.711s + 1.010s 10
11 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 1:35.851s + 1.150s 18
12 George Russell Williams 1:36.023s + 1.322s 9
13 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo 1:36.062s + 1.361s 20
14 Nicholas Latifi Williams 1:36.118s + 1.417s 8
15 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1:36.252s + 1.551s 16
16 Lance Stroll Aston Martin 1:36.392s + 1.691s 13
17 Fernando Alonso Alpine 1:36.490s + 1.789s 12
18 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 1:36.572s + 1.871s 16
19 Mick Schumacher Haas 1:36.671s + 1.970s 15
20 Nikita Mazepin Haas 2:03.456s + 28.755s 15

Qualifying results

Pos Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:34.352s 1:33.464s 1:32.910s
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:34.579s 1:33.797s 1:33.119s
3 Sergio Pérez Red Bull 1:34.369s 1:34.178s 1:33.134s
4 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:34.590s 1:33.959s 1:33.475s
5 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:34.153s 1:33.928s 1:33.606s
6 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1:34.558s 1:34.126s 1:33.792s
7 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 1:34.407s 1:34.643s 1:33.808s
8 Lando Norris McLaren 1:34.551s 1:33.880s 1:33.887s
9 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 1:34.567s 1:34.583s 1:34.118s
10 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 1:35.360s 1:35.137s 1:34.918s
11 Esteban Ocon Alpine 1:35.747s 1:35.377s
12 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 1:35.281s 1:35.500s
13 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1:35.920s 1:35.794s
14 Fernando Alonso Alpine 1:35.756s 1:44.549s
15 George Russell Williams 1:35.746s
16 Lance Stroll Aston Martin 1:35.983s
17 Nicholas Latifi Williams 1:35.995s
18 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo 1:36.311s
19 Mick Schumacher Haas 1:36.499s
20 Nikita Mazepin Haas 1:36.796s

Race results

Pos Driver Team Gap Stops
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull 56 laps - 1:34:36.552s 2
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes + 1.333s 2
3 Sergio Pérez Red Bull + 42.223s 2
4 Charles Leclerc Ferrari + 52.246s 2
5 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren + 76.854s 2
6 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes + 80.128s 2
7 Carlos Sainz Ferrari + 83.545s 2
8 Lando Norris McLaren + 84.395s 2
9 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri + 1 lap 2
10 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin + 1 lap 2
11 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo + 1 lap 2
12 Lance Stroll Aston Martin + 1 lap 2
13 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo + 1 lap 2
14 George Russell Williams + 1 lap 2
15 Nicholas Latifi Williams + 1 lap 2
16 Mick Schumacher Haas + 2 laps 2
17 Nikita Mazepin Haas + 2 laps 3
Fernando Alonso Alpine DNF 4
Esteban Ocon Alpine DNF 3
Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri DNF 2

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