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GP Week : Issue 200
RBR: NO DRIVER RIFT Red Bull Racing has had to quash suggestions of tension between its drivers after sebastian Vettel was asked to move over for Daniel Ricciardo, for the second race in a row. The Australian found himself charging up on Vettel, but on three-laps fresher Medium compound tyres, when the team intervened and asked Vettel to let hium through. Initially, Vettel seemed most reluctant to concede a position, and after enquiring and being told that the Australian was on the same tyre as him but they were newer, replied “Tough luck”. But a couple of laps later, he made room at Turn 1 and Ricciardo slipped by, taking four th place. At the flag, Ricciardo was within sight of Fernando Alonso in third place, but any ideas that the German’s recalcitrance may have cost the team a podium finish evaporated when the results were declared at 54 laps because of the chequered flag being shown a lap early. Team principal Christian Horner hosed down any talk of tension between his drivers and notions that Vettel will not follow orders: “Obviously he’s going to challenge them, he’s a racer, he’s on the same tyres at that point and the guys want to race each other. “But we were looking at a different strategy for seb ... and then he’s obviously moved out of the way and let his team mate through. “From a team point of view we always want to get the best result we can. seb’s done the right thing for the team today. As he’s said very honestly, he’s let his teammate through. He (Ricciardo) was quicker today.” Vettel was quite matter- of-fact about the matter post-race. “I think there was no point holding him back fur ther,” he said. “He was quite a lot quicker. At that stage we were on different strategies. Once I was told that I decided to let him go. And also I had to realise more and more towards the end that I couldn’t hold him back.” F1 >>> nEWs After qualifying: Two of these three guys are happy ... 6 GPWEEK.com // 6 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: