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

Daniel Ricciardo says Red Bull Formula 1 team-mate Max Verstappen did not play "fair" in qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix after refusing to give him a slipstream

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

The two cars were seen slowing in Q3 in an apparent disagreement over who should run in front, with Ricciardo attempting to let Verstappen past.

Verstappen asked "what is going on?" and when advised by the team to "just overtake him" replied: "No. Last weekend I was in front and now he is in front. Come on, man."

Urged again to overtake, Verstappen replied "no, it is discipline" and was then told to "just focus".

The Red Bulls ended up fifth and seventh on the grid, Verstappen and Ricciardo sandwiching Romain Grosjean's Haas.

Ricciardo clear afterwards how unhappy he was with the situation.

"I'm not too impressed to be honest," he told Sky Sports F1.

"We had three runs and I was just punching a hole for everyone. I think if you get one run, fair enough.

"I am not that happy, that is all."

When asked to elaborate, Ricciardo just said: "We could have been more fair."

Verstappen was unmoved by Ricciardo's complaints, and said that an established team policy of one driver running in front each weekend should have been respected.

"We always agree before the weekend who is going in front," he said.

"I was going in front in Paul Ricard, he was going in front the race before that.

"So we just discussed that - this was his weekend to go in front. That's how it is. It's very simple.

"Every run in Paul Ricard I was in front, so we have to do the same here."

Despite Ricciardo's unhappiness, Verstappen did not think the situation between them would be too difficult.

"We want to do the best qualifying possible, and of course you want to beat each other, and of course you want to take advantages from that," he said.

"But if they say 'you have to drive in front for all qualifying', you have to do it.

"That's what I did in Paul Ricard, so of course it's Daniel's turn here.

"Like I said, we always try to have the best possible position. But between us will be all good."

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Teams Red Bull Racing
Author Jonathan Noble
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