However, as they battled for position near the start, Ricciardo cut the corner to send Verstappen into a spin and to the back, ending his chance of victory in front of a hefty crowd at Honda Racing's 'Thanks Day'.
Ricciardo proceeded to cut the corner frequently as he battled with other rivals.
Verstappen then tried to get his own back later at Motegi's mini kart track based at the circuit, but the feud was good natured and there were no hard feelings from the Red Bull star once the race finished.
Verstappen jokes around with Ricciardo
After the race, Verstappen jokingly stated that his former team-mate had ruined many people's races, and had some stark words for the Australian.
“It went quite well but then Daniel decided to be a terrorist, he was literally trying to kill everyone out there,” the Dutchman said.
max: “it went quite well but then daniel decided to be a terrorist, he was literally trying to kill everyone out there..”
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