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This wasn’t in the Spielberg script for Red Bull in qualifying

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Trouble raised between Red Bull duo Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen over team race about giving a tow to one another, when Ricciardo was slow during his out lap and failed to provide his team-mate a tow before the start of his lap.

Verstappen asked over the radio why the Australian was slow, with Ricciardo saying ‘there’s no point me running… punting a hole’. The Dutch driver was ordered to overtake him by team radio, but refused to follow instruction.

Red Bull team principal Horner explained that the situation is a strategy they’ve operated for the last seven years, saying that it was Ricciardo’s turn to head out on track first.

“In terms of the drivers; we have a very simple policy here that has operated for the last seven years and that is to alternate who drives out of the garage first from race to race.” explained Horner.

“This is the only way to keep it scrupulously fair between both drivers. This weekend it was Daniel’s turn to drive out of the garage first. In the heat of Qualifying he felt that on a track like this where a tow can sometimes help, he could be at a slight disadvantage going out first.

“Last weekend it was the reverse and he benefited. Now that both drivers have had time to review what happened they have a rather different view of things than they did in the heat of the moment. This is natural when you want to win and we would not want to take that away from them.”

Following the incident Ricciardo says it was “miscommunication” that led to his outburst about being stitched up in an unfair qualifying session.

“We had three runs and we were just punching a hole for everyone. I’m not that happy at all,” he said after qualifying seventh to Verstappen’s P4.

“We could have been more fair.”

“I’ve had a few discussions since with Christian, with my engineer,” he told reporters.

“(I) probably should have just talked about it more beforehand. I had concerns and I spoke a little bit with my engineer about it, but I guess as a team it wasn’t discussed.

“But in my mind, in the car, I’m just like, ‘It’s obvious what’s happening, isn’t it? Give me a run where I’m getting a tow instead of giving everyone else a tow’. It was probably miscommunication.”

Asked whether he still felt like he had been stiched up by Red Bull, Ricciardo replied: “During the heat of it all, I thought so.”

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