Red Bull will 'continue to allow drivers to race'

Red Bull will 'continue to allow drivers to race'

Red Bull will 'continue to allow drivers to race'

"It's not a nice situation, so I think we both feel pretty bad it's ended like that, and for the team it's pretty crappy".

Verstappen and Ricciardo were running in fourth and fifth places respectively at the time of the accident in what had already proved an unexpectedly hard race for Red Bull.

"It was obvious to the stewards that although the incident had its origins in the moves by vehicle 33, the driver of auto 3 also contributed to the incident".

"We will discuss it prior to Barcelona but we want to continue to allow the drivers to race". Not apportioning blame on the incident to either of the drivers.

When it was suggest that Verstappen moved under braking as Ricciardo moved to the inside, Horner replied: "Look, it's a racing accident".

The team boss said the scenario had even been discussed right before the race, and insisted it will be talked about again before the Spanish Grand Prix.

Verstappen and Ricciardo are known for being two of the best drivers at overtaking in F1, but on Sunday, after bashing wheels with each other in a closely fought battle throughout the early stages of the race, things came to a head on lap 40.

"What we've always said is, "give each other room on track, we'll let you race" and they'd just about done that throughout the Grand Prix until that unfortunate incident".

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"They are both to blame for this, and it's the team that unfortunately lost out", said Horner, adding the drivers were very much "in the doghouse".

The race also delivered heartbreak for Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas, who was forced to retire with a puncture with just two laps to go as he led the race, giving teammate Lewis Hamilton victory and the championship lead.

"We even discussed it in the morning [of the race], that we wanted to avoid a repeat of Force India's scenario from previous year, and that we would allow them to race, but please allow each other space".

"Ideally we were hoping for a safety vehicle in the last quarter of the race there, to go with the ultrasofts which we managed to go long enough to do, but we never dreamed we would be causing the safety auto".

Verstappen has endured a nightmare start to the season and the Dutchman said he and Ricciardo will learn from what was a day to forget. Our drivers have been racing hard, on the limit, but in our mind fairly, but then unfortunately this incident has happened.

However, Horner did say that he wants to see the Red Bull drivers race against each other - as long as there is "enough space".

Red Bull motorsport advisor Helmut Marko blamed both drivers.

"As racing drivers you go through every inch and of course you are not happy when you collide to each other as team-mates but we are very fair to each other so we spoke immediately after the race".

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