breaking news


today is Dec 02, 2021

Daniel Ricciardo and Valtteri Bottas tangled at the start of the Mexico City Grand Prix but the stewards took no action. Was that the right call?


Bottas started the race from pole position but arrived at the first corner side-by-side with Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton. While they swept into turn one ahead of him, Bottas turned in third.

Ricciardo, who started seventh, approached the corner on the inside but locked his front-right wheel. As he turned into the corner he nudged Bottas, sending the Mercedes into a spin.

Both drivers continued in the race but two other drivers were eliminated in collisions which occured behind them. Esteban Ocon was hit by both Mick Schumacher and Yuki Tsunoda. The Alpine driver continued, but his two assailants retired on the spot with damage.

How it happened

What they said

In the cars

“Somebody hit me and caused me to spin,” said Bottas after he continued. “Can you see who hit me from further behind? Nothing I could do.”

Ricciardo said only that “I think I have damage.”

Sergio Perez, who took evasive action at the first corner, said: “Who was the idiot who crashed into Bottas? He nearly took me out as well.”

After the crash

The drivers are yet to comment on the incident.

The incident in pictures

The official verdict

The incident was noted but race control later announced: “Lap one turns one-two incident, no investigation necessary.”

Relevant recent incidents

  • Pierre Gasly was penalised for a first-lap collision with Fernando Alonso in the Turkish Grand Prix
  • Valtteri Bottas was penalised for a first-lap collision with Lando Norris and others in the Hungarian Grand Prix
  • Lance Stroll was penalised for a first-lap collision with Charles Leclerc and others in the Hungarian Grand Prix

Your verdict

Did the stewards make the right call on Ricciardo? Cast your vote below and have your say in the comments.

Do you agree Daniel Ricciardo should have been penalised for his collision with Valtteri Bottas?

  • Strongly agree (32%)
  • Slightly agree (23%)
  • Neither agree nor disagree (6%)
  • Slightly disagree (11%)
  • Strongly disagree (28%)
  • No opinion (0%)

Total Voters: 53

Loading ...  Loading ...

A RaceFans account is required in order to vote. If you do not have one, register an account here or read more about registering here. When this poll is closed the result will be displayed instead of the voting form.

This article will be updated.

Debates and polls

  • Should Formula 1 add a third race in the USA?
  • Should Gasly have been penalised for first-corner tangle with Alonso?
  • Should F1 replace Paul Ricard with Imola on its 2022 calendar?
  • Who was to blame for Hamilton and Verstappen’s collision at Monza?
  • Who should Alfa Romeo hire to partner Bottas in 2022?

Browse all debates and polls