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Ricciardo points the finger, hints at future team orders after Baku crash

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As expected, as drivers hit the track ahead of the Spanish GP there was only one real topic of discussion: What happened at Red Bull after their drivers took each other out in Azerbaijan?

Ricciardo hasn't wasted any time, saying he had a gap that was taken away from him, leaving him a passenger and unable to influence the crash.

From RaceFans.net's coverage

“I definitely committed early enough and, at the time, with a clear inside,” said Ricciardo. “I’m then on the brakes and when you get the air taken away, you could see I tried to pull out of it but there was no real escape route after that.

“You lose all downforce and everything. Even the brakes, they lock a lot easier when you don’t have the downforce on. That was like the end result but it was due to that inside closing up.”

His comments would suggest that either the team agrees with his assessment of the incident, or at least hasn't told their drivers that they can't talk openly about it.

Although all angles have been considered, from what the drivers could have done to what the team could have done, the only clear takeaway from the comments is that all parties are doing their best to avoid inflammatory comments that escalate the situation.

Interestingly, Ricciardo has come of these discussions with the impression that — if the situation were to happen again — the team may use team orders to control the situation.

“I think if it got to that point again where there’s banging wheels and stuff then [they would]. Especially if the car [behind] is faster then you’d probably expect at some point they’ll [say] swap cars and release one of them. There’s no guarantee but that was one thing they certainly talked about.”

Perhaps it's because Verstappen is committed to the team for the coming years, while Ricciardo is shopping his services around, but the previous agreements where the faster driver is released with the understanding that if they don't progress up the field the position is given back seem like a distant memory.

Massa, Verstappen heroes of Brazilian GP

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After a long and treacherous Brazilian Grand Prix, two narratives are dominating the post-race analysis. Yes, Lewis Hamilton claimed his first win at Interlagos to keep his title hopes alive, but it's the antics of Felipe Massa and Max Verstappen that have tongues wagging.

One of many retirements in the horrendous conditions, Massa lost control and hit the wall near the pit entrance.

With a safety car called and the pit lane closed, there's was no on-track action to broadcast, which meant the television audience was treated to the vision of the Brazilian acknowledging the crowd holding his nation's flag, before being farewelled by the crew of several teams along the pit lane, including his former Ferrari, and finally embraced by house wife and son.

However the final phase of the race belonged to Max Verstappen. Having been the subject of many controversies throughout the season, the Dutchman set about redeeming his reputation with several thrilling overtakes that required putting his car on the limit time and time again, to claim the final podium position. 

It was the kind of effort that cements a driver's reputation as a wet weather specialist, and furthered his cause as one of F1's most exciting prospects.