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Horner blasts Ricciardo and Verstappen after Baku barney

Horner blasts Ricciardo and Verstappen after Baku barney”

Hamilton had not won for six races, his last being in the United States in October, and Sunday's surprise success lifted the four-times world champion into the overall lead for the first time this year. Hamilton, too, was on course for victory past year before having to pit to replace a loose headrest.

The stewards at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix have reprimanded both Red Bull drivers following their collision on lap 39 of Sunday's race. For sure it was a chaotic race, and I guess we caused most of that.

In that crowd, one could see both the Red Bulls trying to get ahead of each other.

Verstappen and Ricciardo retired in Baku as the Aussie went to attack his team-mate only for Verstappen to block resulting in Ricciardo rear-ending him. Unusually for him, Verstappen subsequently apologized.

"Obviously, for the team it is hugely disappointing". But as the next opportunity opened up, Verstappen took back the position with an overcut.

Ricciardo will be out of contact at the end of this season as will be Kimi Raikkonen, who is team-mate to Vettel. However, it was a false alarm, as the Dutchman kept his nose in the right direction to record the third fastest time of the session, only a tenth behind the impressive Ricciardo. "Once again I'm just sorry we are all in this situation when everyone has worked so hard to give us a good vehicle".

Verstappen hasn't had a great season so far.

In Australia, Mercedes got their figures wrong and miscalculated the gap between Hamilton and Vettel during the virtual safety vehicle - and the German took the lead after a slow Mercedes pitstop with 38 laps remaining to win.

The 20-year-old also crashed during qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix, and again during first practice in Azerbaijan on Friday.

Ricciardo then moved left but Verstappen shut the door.

Having battled for much of the race, with Verstappen appearing to deliberately hit and force his teammate wide at one stage, the pair finally came to grief on the 39th lap in an incident that was to totally change the shape of the race.

"We don't want to be in that situation". First off apologies to the team.

"...it's more just about saying sorry to the team", Ricciardo said, "just apologise the best way we can".

"I would go to Ferrari because he knows he can beat Vettel, and they have the best auto at the moment".

The victory will be hugely pleasing and of some relief to the British driver and his team.

But Horner has confirmed both drivers were told to give each other room on the track.

Team orders have always been one of Formula One's most controversial topics, but the rationale behind them is widely accepted throughout the paddock, particularly at the front of the grid.

Wonder how the team de-briefing will go?



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