F1 2018 Baku GP: Ricciardo, Verstappen crash reaction


FURIOUS Red Bull boss Christian Horner has demanded Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen personally apologize for the team's 800 employees after their breakdown at Azerbaijan GP.

Verstappen and Ricciardo had been in each other's neck for much of the breed on Baku streets won by Lewis Hamilton – and their quick collision with 11 laps seemed almost unavoidable.

On the longest and fastest at the Formula One calendar, Ricciardo made his assault in the fourth match.

But when Verstappen moved to the left to cover his teammate, Ricciardo was left with a little maneuver and thudded in the back of him. In a moment, both cars were deleted from the race.

Adrian Newey, Red Bull's Technical Manager, removed the headphone in disgust and stormed from the pit wall to the garage.

Horner sat motionless, terrified of what he had just witnessed. "The most important thing is that they both acknowledge that what happened today is unacceptable," said Horner.

"We've relieved them hard, but unfortunately today has resulted in the worst scenario where you had both drivers contact and retire from the grand prix. It's hugely disappointing. They are both in the dog house.

"What's annoying is we've given away a very large amount of points today so both drivers will apologize to all the employees who work so hard to put these cars together before next sailing in Barcelona . "

Stewards took both men in front of them in the hours after the race and found that they were just guilty and hit them with a reprimand.


Niki Lauda, ​​non-executive chairman of Mercedes and three-time world champion, blamed the Verstappen's door.

The 69-year-old Austrian, who was also critical facing Verstappen after the last round in China, accused the young Dutch for weaving in his attempt to stop Ricciardo from passing.

It is Verstappen's third collision in so many races after Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and now Ricciardo.

"It's 70 percent Verstappen, and 30 percent Ricciardo," said Lauda. "If you move on him all the time, where can the poor guy go?"

Lauda added: "I would go home and cry. It's a disaster. I would bring them both to the office and tell them how much less they will be paid for the damage they have done. "

The incident comes as Ricciardo is considering publicly moving to Ferrari or Mercedes next season. [19659003] The managers found that Verstappen had moved twice to defend his position – only one step allowed – and said Ricciardo admitted that he left it "too late" to overcome. Both drivers received a formal statement and each apologized to Red Bull.

"This is the last thing we wanted. We want to be able to drive and I'm grateful for the team to let us run, "Ricciardo said." Everyone is pretty heartbreaking. "


Verstappen said he and Ricciardo had met and apologized. He said the crash was "unnecessary" but did not oppose his Australian teammate.

The 20-year-old Dutchman said, It is really disappointing for the team. We lost many points today, unnecessary.

"I do not think we should talk about how wrong it was because we run for a team at the end of the day. We represent many people and when that happens, it's just not good for both of us.

"The tree was very strong as soon as (Daniel) was ahead, I was catching up again, and we were quite even speedy. We were always very close to each other. "

Verstappen had no complaints about the hard but fair wheel-to-wheel racing that took place before the couple's clash.

" Before it was hard racing but fair we gave each other space. We had this little brush with the wheels, but I think in racing there can happen. What happened after that is not good, "he said.

" This has happened before and you learn from it. We must make sure that it does not happen again. It's not just down to us, we're also talking to the team what we'll do in the future. I do not think we will not drive anymore, the way forward, but we will talk about it. "

" Daniel and I'm okay with each other, "he said." As race drivers you go through each inch and of course you're not happy when you collide with each other like teammates, but we are very fair to each other so we spoke immediately after the race. "

– wires



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