The Associated PressBARCELONA (AP) — Things have changed at Red Bull.
The team appears to be putting a limit on the freedom it gives its drivers after seeing them crash into each other in the race at Azerbaijan.
Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen now know Red Bull is not going to sit and watch as they bang wheels and risk ruining their races again. They said ahead of this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix there won’t be team orders, but the team will intervene if it feels the drivers’ actions are detrimental.
That’s what happened in Baku. They both crashed out and earned zero points.
“I think if it got to that point again, where there’s banging wheels and stuff, then yeah,” Ricciardo said. “We are not going to have team orders, but if we find ourselves battling too hard or losing time to the others, especially if maybe there is a faster car coming through, then I think the team will step in before we start banging wheels again.”
Verstappen said that although no specific new rules were in place, he expected the team to be more proactive.
“If it’s like Baku again, maybe at one point the team will say, ‘OK, maybe calm down a bit, just follow each other that last few laps,’ I don’t know,” Verstappen said. “In general, they still trust us and we also understand that we don’t want that to happen again.”
Ricciardo was faster than Verstappen in Azerbaijan but couldn’t get past his teammate. As Ricciardo tried to force his way past Verstappen at the end of the front straightaway, Verstappen closed the door and Ricciardo couldn’t avoid the collision.Speech