Red Bull admits it ‘made some mistakes’ in Brazil regarding team orders


Pink Bull launched a press release saying it “made some errors in Brazil”, referring to the incident by which Max Verstappen selected to not hand sixth place to his teammate Sergio Perez within the closing levels of the race.

Perez misplaced positions on medium tires and ceded P6 to Verstappen in an try and take P5 from Fernando Alonso. When requested to return to the scene after an unsuccessful try and overtake the Alpine, Verstappen didn’t comply.

That meant Perez heads into this weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix stage with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc as a substitute of two factors forward.

Verstappen and Perez mentioned the incident with the workforce moments after the race, with Pink Bull boss Christian Horner reiterating Verstappen’s feedback that the world champion would “totally help” Perez’ bid for second place in Abu Dhabi.

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On Thursday in Abu Dhabi, Pink Bull launched a press release explaining how occasions unfolded in relation to the request made to Verstappen and past.

“As a workforce we made some errors in Brazil. We didn’t foresee the state of affairs that unfolded on the final lap and we had not agreed on a technique for such a state of affairs earlier than the race.

“Sadly, Max was solely knowledgeable on the finish of the request to surrender the place with out all the mandatory data being handed on. This put Max, who has at all times been an open and honest workforce participant, in a compromising state of affairs with little time to react, which was not our intention.

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“After the race, Max spoke brazenly and truthfully, permitting each drivers to deal with any excellent points or considerations. The workforce accepts Max’s reasoning, the dialog was a private matter that may stay personal among the many workforce and no additional remark will likely be made.

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“The occasions that adopted from a social media perspective are utterly unacceptable,” the assertion continued. “The abusive on-line conduct in direction of Max, Checo, the workforce and their respective households is stunning and saddening and is sadly one thing that we as a sport are having to deal with with miserable regularity.

“There is no such thing as a place for this in racing or society as an entire and we have to do and be higher. On the finish of the day it is a sport, we’re right here to race. Loss of life threats, hate mail, vitriol towards members of the family are deplorable. We worth inclusion and need a secure house for everybody to work and luxuriate in our sport. The abuse must cease.”