Red Bull drivers equally to blame for crash - Horner

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Australian F1 Red Bull Racing driver Daniel Ricciardo has apologised to his team after crashing into the back of teammate Max Verstappen in the closing laps of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, ending the race for both cars.

Ricciardo posted the third fastest lap in the race and looked to have the edge on his teammate, but lost fourth place during a pit stop late in the race, setting the scene for the pending disaster.

When Vertsappen defended the manoeuvre, the Australian slammed straight into the back of his auto - causing both vehicles to spin off the track and consequently ended the duo's afternoon.

He said: "I have watched a few replays and the only thing we can both say is sorry to the team".

"We allow them to race, we allow them to go wheel to wheel".

"Unfortunately, today has happened and there is no blame apportioned to either side".

"There were probably three incidents between them through the race".

While it is admirable that Horner is keen see his drivers push the boundaries, surely it is time for Red Bull to take a stance, otherwise they will never challenge for the constructors' championship.

"And what we have always said - give each other room on track and we will let them race".

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




The pair are in hot water after they battled each other throughout the freakish race in Baku.

Enough is enough for the boss of Red Bull's Formula One team.

Neither team-mate seemed intent on finger pointing afterwards, with both apologising to the team for what should have been an avoidable incident.

Horner said the team didn't consider pitting Verstappen or Ricciardo to get them out of each other's way: "You try to do your best as a team and you don't want to penalise one driver over the other, so we tried to give them the optimal strategy".

"We will discuss it prior to Barcelona, but we want to continue to allow the drivers to race", said Horner.

"We've discussed it at length on many, many occasions", Horner said.

"This was the worst case scenario and everyone is pretty heartbroken... I will personally apologize to the team and once again I'm just sorry we are all in this situation when everyone has worked so hard to give us such a good auto".

Ricciardo had chased Verstappen for much of the race after losing a position to his team mate at the start, with the two battling closely and even being told by their team to calm it down.

"As racing drivers you go through every inch and of course you are not happy when you collide to each other as team-mates but we are very fair to each other so we spoke immediately after the race".

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