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The handling of Red Bull with Baku is a starting point



The Australian and his former team-mate sparked controversy in Azerbaijan when an intense battle on the track led to a spectacular crash.

The incident made the Red Bull bosses angry and both drivers should apologize to the factory staff.

Considering the circumstances in which he chose Renault for Red Bull for 2019, Ricciardo said that in his opinion it was unfair to hold him and Verstappen equally responsible for the incident.

Among the factors that led Ricciardo to his decision: "I could not tell you how many small parts the puzzle, the kaleidoscope, existed, but I think [Baku] was one of the small parts.

"We both spoke politely speaking to each other, but in my eyes I was not really wrong, even though I had met him. I think most people have seen the double pull.

"Before, there was a lot of contact and I think a lot of people thought it would take too much time.

" I think like it was not so good time for me, that was like a trifle that bothered me, but it was not the deal breaker, if you know what I mean. "

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Asked if he felt that Verstappen should have been discussed for the incident anymore, Ricciardo said:" Yes, I deal with the media, and it is a great one [Red Bull] Brand to worry about, so it does not help if we both get started. "

"I somehow felt like it was all to blame, and maybe I'm a stubborn racer, but I did not feel it was an equivalent incident, I think that's the easiest way to express it. "

Despite his uneasiness over Red Bull's reaction to the Verstappen crash in Baku, he insists he never had a personal problem with the Dutchman or felt his team-mate played political games with him

"I do not think Max was political, only Max is Max," he said, "even now it's done, and I do not have to be careful with what I say, it was actually pretty good."

"Look, something of the extravagance with Max, that's just with age, and I guess From this point of view, I'd expect less with Nico [Hulkenberg] just because it's a bit of age gap and maturity.

"Nico has been around the block many times, but back to Max … I do not think he was political, it was fun."

  Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing and Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing

Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing

Photo: Mark Sutton / Sutton Images


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