Colliding Red Bulls free to race but face close scrutiny

May 14, 2018, 05:12
Colliding Red Bulls free to race but face close scrutiny

Daniel Ricciardo has had an eventful start to the 2018 Formula One season, to say the least.

Verstappen and Ricciardo collided in Baku while battling for fourth position, prompting a furious reaction from team boss Christian Horner and the promise that they would be forced to discuss whether they are still allowed to race each other freely.

Ricciardo said: "If it got to that point again where there is banging wheels and stuff, then yes, especially if the vehicle is faster behind, then you'd probably expect at some point they might go, "right, let's swap cars and release one of them".

"So we're still going to race, but cleaner, with more respect - all that". [I] felt like if you got lucky you could put in a blistering lap but yeah, probably one out of five I could make it happen and the four other laps I was sliding and yeah, struggling to stay on.

"To qualify fifth and sixth for the Spanish Grand Prix is about where we expected to be", said Horner. "We tried a different strategy across the two cars at the end of Q3, but there's just not much between the soft and the supersoft tyre". "I don't know what I could have done more with what we had".

"With the laps we put in I thought we would be a couple of tenths from pole not six or seven whatever it was".

Ricciardo, a victor in China last month, said it was not just about the drivers, however.

"Now from turn 1 to turn 4 it's flat-out with corners in it", he explained.

But after the race, Ricciardo revealed a problem on Turn 10 that hadn't been caught by the television cameras and cost him the opportunity at a podium finish.

"Especially in Q3 when they also then add this extra power which they even have just for that session, then it all gets a bit harder", he added.

Asked about so-called team orders being applied, Verstappen - who is seen as the team's future and, unlike Ricciardo, has a long-term contract - indicated that would depend on the particular circumstances.

"I still don't know what is the fastest tire to be honest", continued Verstappen. Because we crashed. Even if I had an opinion on it, we still crashed. But in general, I think they still trust us. Over one lap maybe you could go a bit faster, but in the long run it would just fall apart.

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