Ricciardo lets rip at press conference, leaves rivals 'fuming'
DANIEL Ricciardo dropped a bomb on rivals Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas in the middle of the official Singapore Grand Prix post-race press conference - and they couldn't handle it.
Ricciardo reportedly leaked some exhaust fumes while sitting on the press conference dais - briefly wreaking havoc on the official media session inside the Marina Bay Street Circuit Media Centre.
On a day of carnage in Formula 1 which saw Sebastian Vettel, Max Verstappen, Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso all crash out of the race at turn one, Ricciardo's bowels added another layer of destruction with a not-so-well disguised gas leak.
Ricciardo struck towards the end of the press conference when the moderator called on any Finnish media to ask their questions to Bottas in his native tongue.
The Aussie wasn't even embarrassed.
He can be heard by broadcast microphones asking his F1 rivals if he has their permission to fart.
Hamilton and Bottas then appear to give non-committal shrugs before the Red Bull driver unleashes hell.
Bottas simply cannot deal with the Red Bull star's engine malfunction and responds to a question about the physical demands of the Singapore Grand Prix by saying it is even more difficult to be sitting through the press conference with Ricciardo.
"Try being here now when buddy just flew a kite right there next to me," Bottas says using a Finnish slang term for letting fluffy off the chain.
He then stumbles through his summation of his race where he finished on the podium after qualifying sixth.
"But well, well, so, from sixth to third," he said.
Despite his discomfort, Bottas clearly sees the lighter side of Ricciardo's contribution to the press conference which also had championship leader Hamilton giggling like a high school kid in sex-ed class.
It wasn't the only bomb Ricciardo dropped in Singapore.
The 28-year-old also made an intriguing public plea before the start of the race for teammate Verstappen to take out Ferrari's Vettel as they approached turn one.
It's almost exactly what happened.
Playing perfectly into Ricciardo's hands, Verstappen, starting alongside Vettel on the front row, found himself sandwiched between the two Ferrari cars in a messy collision that took all three drivers out of the race.
Ricciardo was able to avoid the contact after making a slow start off the line and being jumped by Raikkonen. He wasn't able to turn his good fortune into a race win, however, as Hamilton again kept him off the top step of the podium in Singapore.
The Australian again rued his Red Bull's lack of pace after being runner-up for the third-straight time at Marina Bay in Sunday's incident-packed race.
It was his fourth podium there in a row, falling to championship leader Hamilton, with the Briton's Mercedes teammate Bottas third.
Ricciardo qualified third ahead of fifth-starter Hamilton, who took the lead on the opening lap after the turn one chaos.
Ricciardo vented his frustration on the podium after not having the race-day pace to match Hamilton.
"I can't win the bloody thing. I'm trying, I'm trying," Ricciardo lamented.
"Today we didn't have the Friday pace we showed in practice and I'm a little bit disappointed to miss out on a win but have to be happy to get another podium.
"We struggled to look after the tyres and it felt like when I could punch out a good lap time, I couldn't really maintain it, whereas Lewis could answer and answer again.
"So it felt like every time we tried to match his pace it would take more out of (my) tyres."