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I don’t think we need to speak about whose fault – Verstappen

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The Red Bull duo Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo were fighting hard throughout the entire race, with multiple overtakes being attempted by each of the drivers. Finally, the team-mates crash out on lap 40 after twice previously touching wheels.

The second-half of the race Verstappen and Ricciardo came too close and took each other out. Ricciardo was chasing his team-mate down the straight and had Verstappen in the slip stream but the Australian broke late and drove straight into the back of his team-mate.

Following the incident Verstappen says his crash with Red Bull team-mate Ricciardo in the Azerbaijan GP was “unnecessary”.

“It’s really disappointing for the team. We lost a lot of points today, unnecessarily,” Verstappen told Sky Sports F1.

“I don’t think we need to speak about whose fault because at the end of the day we are racing for a team. We are representing a lot of people and when this happens it is just not good for both of us.

“The tow was very strong so as soon as [Daniel] was in front I was catching up again and we were pretty similar speed. We were always very close to each other.

“Before that it was hard racing but fair, we gave each other space. We had this little brush with the wheels but I think in racing that can happen. What happened after that is not good.

“This has happened before and you learn from it. We have to make sure it doesn’t happen again. It’s not only down to us, we speak to the team as well what we will do in the future. I don’t think letting us not race anymore is the way forwards but we will talk about it.

“Daniel and I are Ok with each other. 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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