Daniel Ricciardo has defended Sebastian Vettel after the Ferrari driver hit him and spun in the United States Grand Prix and believes there was nothing "erratic" in his approach.
Vettel has spun after clashing with Red Bulls at the start of the last two races, first with Max Verstappen early in the Japanese GP and then with Ricciardo last weekend.
It continues a mistake-ridden title challenge for the four-time world champion, whose errors led F1 sporting boss Ross Brawn to declare he is "a bit out of sorts" and that the incidents are not a coincidence.
Asked by Motorsport .com about Vettel's errors, Ricciardo said that multiple mistakes could be making Vettel "slightly hesitant" in battle.
"That could maybe create that little bit of misjudgement," said Ricciardo. "Even kind of subconsciously if you don't even know it."
"If you're playing catch: you drop 10 in a row, probably by the 11th one you're like 'alright don't drop it, don't drop it'. So it could be a similar thing with that."
"To be honest I looked at Seb's onboard and I didn't actually see anything, I didn't think he went in hot, I didn't think he looked erratic."
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