Daniel Ricciardo labels teammate 'a**hole' in interview

Daniel Ricciardo labels teammate ‘a**hole’ in interview

Daniel Ricciardo (pictured middle) accidentally called his McLaren teammate Lando Norris (pictured left) an ‘a**hole’ during an interview in Italian after the French GP. (Images: F1)

Aussie F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo has accidentally called his McLaren teammate Lando Norris an ‘a**hole’ during a hilarious interview in Italian after his race at the French GP.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen capitalized on Charles Leclerc’s costly “mistake” to claim victory in the race and take a huge stride towards a second consecutive F1 world title.

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Seven-times world champion Hamilton finished second for Mercedes in his 300th grand prix, with teammate George Russell third to secure their first podium double of the campaign.

Ricciardo enjoyed a good drive and secured his first back-to-back points in the 2022 season after finishing ninth at the Circuit Paul Ricard.

He was also in good shape after the race when he attempted to speak some Italian in an interview.

Norris was standing behind him and Ricciardo appeared to call his teammate a ‘stronzo’ on multiple occasions when talking about his race.

However, Ricciardo appeared confused when the interviewer told him he can’t say that.

‘Stronzo’ has different meanings in Italian depending on the context and Ricciardo used it in the wrong case.

“Stronzo, right?” Ricciardo said when he was told Norris was standing behind him during the interview.

“Is it not a good word?” Ricciardo asked, having repeated it a number of times.

“No, it’s a bad word,” the reporter replied.

“Scusa, like really bad,” Riccairdo asked, clearly confused.

“Yes, more bad than good,” he was told.

Ricciardo had a laugh when he had realized he used the wrong word, before Norris joined him in the interview.

Charles Leclerc drama at French GP

The Aussie may have felt embarrassed by the mistake during his interview in Italian, but he would be optimistic about some strong performances in Austria and now France.

While Ricciardo and Norris secured points, the drama occurred at the front of the pack.

Leclerc had led from pole and looked on course for victory until he spun out and slammed into a tire barrier at the 11th corner.

The Monegasque driver let out a guttural scream of despair after seeing his hopes go up in smoke.

Leclerc initially blamed an issue with his throttle but took full responsibility for the mistake after the race.

“I think I am performing at my highest level in my career, but if I keep doing those mistakes then it’s pointless to perform at a very high level. I’m losing too many points,” he said.

Daniel Ricciardo (pictured) during an interview before the F1 French Grand Prix.

Daniel Ricciardo (pictured) during the F1 French Grand Prix of France at Circuit Paul Ricard. (Photo by Peter J Fox/Getty Images)

“If we lose the championship by 32 points at the end of the season I will know where they are coming from,” he added, referring also to his crash at Imola.

“It’s unacceptable. I just need to get on top of those things.”

Red Bull’s Sergio Perez finished fourth, losing out to Russell three laps from the end and complaining over the radio that the Briton had repeatedly gone off.

Carlos Sainz was fifth for Ferrari after starting on the back row due to engine penalties and storming back through the field with a bonus point for fastest lap.

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