Daniel Ricciardo suffered an embarrassing language blunder as he attempted to conduct an interview in Italian following the French Grand Prix.
The Australian F1 star finished a solid ninth in his McLaren at Paul Ricard, two places behind teammate Lando Norris. The Alpines of Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon finished sixth and eighth to move ahead of McLaren in the constructors' standings.
Team harmony will be crucial over the second half of the season in what is shaping up to be a fascinating battle for fourth spot in the team championship. And Ricciardo will have some explaining to do to Norris after accidentally insulting his stablemate when he was interviewed by Italian television.
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When Ricciardo, whose father was born in Sicily, was asked about Norris, he repeatedly used the word 'stronzo', which translates to ‘s***head’ or ‘a**hole’ in English.
The interviewer attempted to help Ricciardo save face, with the 33-year-old doing his best at using his language skills, or lack thereof, with Norris in the background.
“Is it not a good word?” Ricciardo asked. “It is a bad word … more bad than good,” the interviewer told him.
'Oh, scusa,' Ricciardo apologised, flashing his trademark smile, all while Norris was in the background getting ready to be interviewed himself.
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It is unclear what he was trying to say, but he did appear to be trying to pay his teammate a compliment after a solid performance by the team.
The interview, posted on Twitter, subsequently went viral, prompting laughter from Italian speakers around the world, with one writing that Ricciardo “looked like a child when they learn a swear word”.
Norris, one of the characters of the paddock, will no doubt see the funny side of Ricciardo’s slip, although he probably won’t resist the chance to make fun of his teammate over the incident.
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