Red Bull make decision on whether to introduce team orders after Azerbaijan GP crash

Azerbaijan F1 Grand Prix

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner says a decision has been made on whether his two drivers will be allowed to race each other after crashing during the Azerbaijan GP on Sunday.

Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen were involved in a race-long battle in Baku, coming close to if not making contact on several occasions.

That was before the eventual incident that took both men out, as Ricciardo had no chance to avoid his teammate on the approach to Turn 1 as he looked to dummy him down the inside.

Verstappen called the incident "unnecessary" and Formula 1 stewards later ruled by giving the two drivers a reprimand and stating that, though the 20-year-old was largely at fault, the actions of both had contributed in some way to causing the collision.

Having always proudly insisted no team orders are in place at Red Bull, some had wondered if the events of Azerbaijan would change that.

“We will discuss it prior to Barcelona but we want to continue to allow the drivers to race,” Horner was quoted by PlanetF1 on Monday.

“They are driving the car at the end of the day and they’ve just got to ensure that if they are going wheel-to-wheel they allow each other enough space.”

The Briton also admitted he had spoken to both Ricciardo and Verstappen about avoiding such an incident, with memories of another team in 2017 in mind.

“We have discussed it at length on many, many occasions, and even this morning, that we wanted to avoid a repeat of Force India’s scenario from last year," Christian explained.

“That we will allow them to race but, please, allow each other space. Unfortunately, that hasn’t happened."

With Ricciardo seemingly the faster of the two Red Bull drivers for much of the race, some had wondered why the instruction hadn't been given by the pitwall to Verstappen to let the Chinese GP winner by.

Though there was no mention of why that wasn't the case, what Horner did surprisingly say was the near-misses earlier in the race were acceptable.

“They’ve been racing hard, on the limit, but in our mind fairly," he said, "then, unfortunately, this has happened.”

The incident has also left Red Bull lagging in the championship with the team on less than half the points of leader's Ferrari in the Constructors' and Ricciardo 33 points behind Lewis Hamilton in the Drivers' standings.

News Now - Sport News