Daniel Ricciardo calls McLaren's Lando Norris a 'sh**head' four times in awkward gaffe

Daniel Ricciardo accidentally called McLaren team-mate Lando Norris a “s***head and an *a***hole” four times after making a major mistake after the French Grand Prix. The Australian star was speaking Italian to a TV reporter after McLaren picked up their fourth double points finish of the season.

While talking about Norris’ race, Ricciardo repeatedly called the British star a “stronzo”. He said: “Lando, Il stronzo”.

Translated to English, the word simply translates to “s***head” or a**hole”. Moments later the Italian TV reporter told Ricciardo his mistake which shocked the 33-year-old.

Looking shocked, Ricciardo said: “Is it not a good word? The reporter replied: “No.”

Ricciardo added back: “Okay. Scusa.” The reporter continued: “It is a bad word, more bad than good.”

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During a space hopper race at the British Grand Prix, Ricciardo chucked the inflatable into Norris’ face. The British star said he “couldn’t see” after the incident as the crowd gasped in shock.

After the incident, Ricciardo commented: “You know when you do something and you realise you probably shouldn’t have done it. It was too late.” After the French Grand Prix, Ricciardo revealed he did not have the pace to keep up with team-mate Norris which did not “make him happy”.

The McLaren driver explained: “I had a bit of pace early in the stint and tried to get more out of it, but then it fell away a little too quickly so I definitely struggled from mid-stint onwards and didn’t have the pace to run with the Alpines and Lando. I felt like I did the best that I could – but it’s not enough to make me happy.

“Thanks again to everyone for the hard work in getting the upgrades to track this weekend and we’ll push to get more out of them over the next few races. Double-points but we’ll keep working.”

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