Webb tees up Bri­tish Open Mo­ti­vated by Scot­tish frus­tra­tion

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MAX Ver­stap­pen says he’ll try to smooth over his re­la­tion­ship with team­mate Daniel Ric­cia­rdo af­ter en­rag­ing the Aus­tralian by end­ing his Hun­gar­ian Grand Prix on the open­ing lap.

Ver­stap­pen apol­o­gised af­ter driv­ing into the side of Ric­cia­rdo’s Red Bull car as they came through the fourth turn at Hun­garor­ing, al­though he in­sisted it was ac­ci­den­tal.

Ric­cia­rdo, who main­tains fourth place in For­mula One cham­pi­onships stand­ings, had passed the 19- year- old into turn two to move to fourth hav­ing started from sixth.

The crash ended the race for Ric­cia­rdo, who went off the cir­cuit and was los­ing oil.

It sparked an an­gry re­ac­tion from Ric­cia­rdo over the team ra­dio. “Some­one hit me. Is that who I think it was?” Ric­cia­rdo asked his race en­gi­neer.

“Yes,” came the re­ply from Red Bull, and then Ric­cia­rdo did not mince his words. “F--ing sore loser,” he said.

While the in­ci­dent ended Ric­cia­rdo’s race, Ver­stap­pen was given a 10- sec­ond penalty but still man­aged to fin­ish fifth.

Ver­stap­pen of­fered an apol­ogy im­me­di­ately af­ter the race.

“It was never my in­ten­tion to hit any­one and es­pe­cially my team­mate, who I have a good re­la­tion­ship with,” he said. “I apol­o­gise to Daniel and I will speak to him in pri­vate.” NORTH Queens­land’s Kar­rie Webb will at­tempt to turn frus­tra­tion into ma­jor suc­cess at this week’s Women’s Bri­tish Open af­ter be­ing pipped for the Ladies Scot­tish Open ti­tle.

A “very gut­ted” Webb was left la­ment­ing the lack of leader­boards af­ter South Korea’s Mi Hyang Lee beat her by one shot at Dun­don­ald Links.

Lee over­hauled the 42- year- old Aus­tralian great with a fi­nal round five- un­der 66 to win at six- un­der 282 while Webb ( pic­tured) stum­bled late and carded a 73. The Ayr prod­uct had ap­peared on track for her first LPGA Tour win in more than three years when she chipped in for ea­gle at the 14th to go two shots clear.

A stroke ahead two holes left, Webb hit what she thought was a per­fect 3- wood tee shot on the 17th only to have her ball bounce badly and find a pot bunker. Forced to play out back­wards she took a dou­ble bo­gey.

Webb made a birdie on the par- 5 last hole but was not aware that she needed an ea­gle to match Lee.

“There was no leader­board at the 18th,” Webb said.

“It’s pretty bad to not have a leader­board at the last.

“That’s the first time I’ve ever been ( at a tour event) that hasn’t had a leader­board on 18.

“We didn’t know if Mi Hyang had birdied or not, be­cause there wasn’t like a loud cheer like she had.”

De­spite the frus­tra­tion, Webb’s good form in some tough links con­di­tions ear­lier in the week bodes well for her when the Women’s Bri­tish Open gets un­der way at Kings­barns on Scot­land’s east coast on Thurs­day.

Webb won the last of her seven ma­jor ti­tles 11 years ago at the ANA In­spi­ra­tion in the US and will be seek­ing her sec­ond Bri­tish Open ti­tle, hav­ing won it in 2002, be­fore it be­came a women’s ma­jor.

The sec­ond prize­money of $ US104,559 ($ 131,000) she earned on Sun­day gave her a boost to 57th on the LPGA sea­son money list af­ter a lean start to the year.

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