Red Bull F1 boss Horner surprised by Ricciardo/Verstappen row

Red Bull Formula 1 team boss Christian Horner says he does not understand Daniel Ricciardo's complaints over Max Verstappen and qualifying tactics at the Austrian Grand Prix

Red Bull F1 boss Horner surprised by Ricciardo/Verstappen row

Ricciardo intimated that Verstappen had unfairly refused to give him a slipstream in Red Bull Ring qualifying.

Verstappen insisted team protocol was that they alternated who ran first in qualifying from race to race, and that Austria was his turn.

The disagreement had begun via team radio as Ricciardo slowed on track and tried to encourage Verstappen to pass him.

Horner said there was never any suggestion that the usual team plan would be changed.

"They know the situation. There is nothing to explain," he told Sky Sports F1.

"We have a very simple policy here that has operated for the last seven years that we alternate from weekend to weekend who drives out of the garage first.

"That is the only way to keep it as scrupulously fair from circuit to circuit.

"So this weekend it was Daniel's time to drive out of the garage first in front of Max, and obviously he felt that Max might be benefiting from that.

"So that is why he obviously started to back up a bit."

Horner said Red Bull operated numerous policies - right down to behaviour in team debriefs - to ensure that neither of its drivers is favoured.

"The drivers know explicitly every weekend it alternates," he added.

"Even in the debrief, from weekend to weekend, it varies on who talks first.

"It is the way to keep it as scrupulously fair as we can."

shares
comments
Red Bull's Ricciardo and Verstappen row over qualifying tow tactics

Previous article

Red Bull's Ricciardo and Verstappen row over qualifying tow tactics

Next article

Mercedes faster on straights and fast turns in Austria - Vettel

Mercedes faster on straights and fast turns in Austria - Vettel
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula 1
Drivers Jos Verstappen , Max Verstappen , Daniel Ricciardo
Teams Red Bull Racing
Author Jonathan Noble
The 'new' F1 drivers who need to improve at Imola Plus

The 'new' F1 drivers who need to improve at Imola

After a pandemic-hit winter of seat-swapping, F1 kicked off its season with several new faces in town, other drivers adapting to new environments, and one making a much-anticipated comeback. BEN ANDERSON looks at who made the most of their opportunity and who needs to try harder…

The delay that quashed Aston Martin’s last F1 venture Plus

The delay that quashed Aston Martin’s last F1 venture

Aston Martin’s only previous foray into Formula 1 in the late 1950s was a short-lived and unsuccessful affair. But it could have been so different, says NIGEL ROEBUCK

Formula 1
Apr 10, 2021
Verstappen exclusive: Why lack of car-racing titles won't hurt Red Bull's ace Plus

Verstappen exclusive: Why lack of car-racing titles won't hurt Red Bull's ace

Max Verstappen’s star quality in Formula 1 is clear. Now equipped with a Red Bull car that is, right now, the world title favourite and the experience to support his talent, could 2021 be the Dutchman’s year to topple the dominant force of Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes?

Formula 1
Apr 9, 2021
Are we at peak F1 right now? Plus

Are we at peak F1 right now?

For many, many years Formula 1 has strived to do and to be better on all fronts. With close competition, a growing fanbase, a stable political landscape and rules in place to encourage sustainability, 2021 is on course to provide an unexpected peak

Formula 1
Apr 8, 2021
How crucial marginal calls will decide the Red Bull vs Mercedes battle in F1 2021 Plus

How crucial marginal calls will decide the Red Bull vs Mercedes battle in F1 2021

The longer Red Bull can maintain a performance edge over Mercedes, the better the odds will be in the team’s favour against the defending world champions. But as the Bahrain Grand Prix showed, many more factors will be critical in the outcome of the 2021 Formula 1 World Championship

Formula 1
Apr 7, 2021
How Williams’ new structure adheres to a growing F1 trend Plus

How Williams’ new structure adheres to a growing F1 trend

Williams held out against the tide for many years but, as MARK GALLAGHER explains, the age of the owner-manager is long gone

Formula 1
Apr 6, 2021
When a journeyman driver's F1 career lasted just 800m Plus

When a journeyman driver's F1 career lasted just 800m

Nikita Mazepin’s Formula 1 debut at the Bahrain Grand Prix lasted mere corners before he wiped himself out in a shunt, but his financial backing affords him a full season. Back in 1993 though, Marco Apicella was an F1 driver for just 800m before a first corner fracas ended his career. Here’s the story of his very short time at motorsport’s pinnacle

Formula 1
Apr 4, 2021
The nightmare timing that now hinders Mercedes Plus

The nightmare timing that now hinders Mercedes

Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton took victory at the Bahrain Grand Prix despite, for a change, not having the quickest car. But any hopes of developing its W12 to surpass Red Bull's RB16B in terms of outright speed could not have come at a worse time.

Formula 1
Apr 2, 2021