FIA reprimand both Red Bull drivers for Baku crash

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The race stewards of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix handed down two reprimands for both Red Bull drivers for their part in Sunday’s collision that left the team with a double-DNF result in the race.

“Both drivers contributed to the collision,” said the statement. “The driver of car 33 [Verstappen] made two moves, both of which were relatively minor.

“The driver of car 3 [Ricciardo] admitted he left his move to overtake on the left, too late.

“It was obvious to the stewards that although the incident had its origins in the moves by car 33, the driver of car 3 also contributed to the incident.

“Both drivers expressed regret about their respective contributions to the incident, during the stewards’ hearing.”

Upon review of the video, it seemed as if Daniel Ricciardo had committed to the left and had no room once Max Verstappen squeezed back left to defend. If Daniel felt he left his braking and passing attempt too late, fair enough…he’d know better than I, obviously.

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Will this damage Ricciardo’s standing with the top three teams? Should he have tried to sign before this race, while he was able to remind everyone of his overtaking in China?

The Captain

Nah, they know that Ricciardo hasn’t been the consistent variable in all the Red Bull accidents lately.


I sometimes wonder if the FIA actually like motor racing. Put two racing drivers on the same piece of track in equal cars and it can always go either way. Surely a racing incident, whoever you think was more to blame. A reprimand? “Now don’t you racing drivers go and do anything naughty, like racing, just in case!” F1 should be a game for the best and bravest, not for show ponies afraid of having a go. No one would advocate being reckless but is this really an example of wanton disregard for safety? Ahh “Safety”; oh the humanity, think… Read more »


I think that they like racing, but not crashing.
As far as I know, there was no stewards action for the 39 laps of very close racing between the two RBR drivers, only when they screwed up and crashed into each other.

sunny stivala

Verstappen once again got away with it. If the FIA doesn’t start to punish Max double moves he won’t stop doing that, why he should?, one day he might risk his life, or the one of another driver. the kid needs have his wings clipped.
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I’m a huge fan of Max but this was his fault. This year has been a total muck up for him.


I’m not a fan of Max, yet I agree that he does not seem to have a handle on this year’s car.
In terms of the incident at Baku, I think the fault lies squarely with the team. That had plenty of time to sort it out in order to avoid the inevitable result. If they were instructed to work as a team, they would have both been setting some of the fastest laps of the race and possibly overtime Hamilton (even though he had already pitted)


Is it too late to say it was #JustTheWind ?

sunny stivala

Most probably hot wind.


Could have been Ericsson?


Interestingly, all the language about “change of direction to defend a position is not permitted” has been completely dropped from the sporting regulations for 2018. This was section 27.6 of the 2017 regs. The 2018 regs only go to 27.4 (section 27 being “Driving”) and says, “At no time may a car be driven unnecessarily slowly, erratically or in a manner which could be deemed potentially dangerous to other drivers or any other person.” That’s it. So I suppose it’s arguable that a double change of direction in the braking zone could be “deemed potentially dangerous”. Certainly it was deemed… Read more »


Hey ShocksAndAwe, it’s there, its just a bit buried. There are a few dots to connect…. Formula 1 Sporting Regulations – according to Paragraph 2.1 2.1 All drivers, competitors and officials participating in the Championship undertake, on behalf of themselves, their employees, agents and suppliers, to observe all the provisions as supplemented or amended of the International Sporting Code (the Code), the Formula One Technical Regulations (the Technical Regulations) and the present Sporting Regulations together referred to as “the Regulations”. International Sporting Code – according to Appendix L, Chapter IV, Article 2, Paragraph 2b b) Overtaking, according to the circumstances,… Read more »


Aha! Thanks for finding that  subcritical71 !

Peter Riva

What does Paul C think of this analysis?


A good link thanks Peter. Wouldn’t it be interesting to see the in-car from Verstappen’s car overlayed so we could see the timing and degree of the reaction to Ricciardo throwning ‘the dummy’.
Also the braking graphic, just when did Verstappen get on the brakes?


I found this highlights clip that includes the in-car video for Ricciardo and Verst-ass-en of the lap 40 collision.
To me it looks like from Ricciardo’s camera Verst-ass-en definitely moves left to block his lunge, but from the Verst-ass-en camera, he’s not doing much obvious steering.
Verst-ass-en is however changing down before he’s hit, so apparently moving in the braking zone.