Albuquerque would 'feel ashamed' with Daytona 24H win from clash

Filipe Albuquerque says he would feel "ashamed" if he won the Daytona 24 Hours in the manner of Ricky Taylor following their controversial, late-race clash

Albuquerque would 'feel ashamed' with Daytona 24H win from clash

Taylor made front-right to left-rear corner contact with Albuquerque's Cadillac under braking at Turn 1 with four laps remaining, with Taylor the pair having previously banged wheels.

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Albuquerque spun, losing four seconds to his rival, and believes Taylor was not only at fault for the collision - stewards took no action - but should at least have waited for him to recover.

"It was a good fight until I got hit," he said.

"I had some GTs ahead of me so I could not brake so late.

"I closed the door and then I got spun. The officials took the decision, it is what it is, and we finished second.

"In Tour de France, when one guy falls, the other guys wait for him.

"This is a big race, and we dive in and brake late. It happens. We could see Wayne Taylor, the dad, with his hands on his head.

"If he's a true racer who did a mistake, just back off. Wait, don't leave. And he left.

"A true racer, in my opinion, in the end, deep inside, I'd feel a little bit ashamed of the win."

Taylor, brother Jordan Taylor, Max Angelelli and Jeff Gordon eventually won by 0.671s over Albuquerque, Christian Fittipaldi and Joao Barbosa.

Fittipaldi was more reserved when asked if he was surprised how quickly stewards elected not to penalise Taylor.

"I guess it boils down to... did the #10 car do an awesome job through the race? Yes they did," he said.

"They pretty much had us covered in different conditions, hats off to them.

"It's definitely going to help sell tickets for next year. Was it a clean pass? I don't know.

"I have to agree [the decision] was done very quick and without analysis.

"In the drivers' briefing Beaux [Barfield, race director] was very clear that if you generate a problem or contact, you probably will be penalised for it."

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