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Ricciardo could be in an ideal position given the problems between Verstappen and Perez

Daniel Ricciardo and Christian Horner; photo: Red Bull Content Pool

Red Bull insist that everything between their drivers Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez has been ironed out and all misunderstandings from the Brazilian Grand Prix have been cleared up. In the Formula 1 paddock, however, this is not at all enough to end the topic. He added fuel to the fire Helmut Marko’s statement yesterday that Daniel Ricciardo will be the third driver of the team from Milton Keynes next year. In consequence the Austrian stated that there was an omitted “if” in what he said. Ricciardo’s return to Red Bull, however, is perceived almost as a fait accompli, and at a time when the peace in the team is shaken. According to Damon Hill, for example, the Australian could be in an ideal position to return not just to Red Bull, but also as a starter in F1.

“The Ricciardo situation could be particularly interesting given the recent problems between Max and Sergio. Daniel could be in a perfect position,” commented Hill

“I am sure that Perez’s contract is ironclad and he will be in the team for a long time. If the relationship (between teammates) deteriorates, however, sometimes the situation becomes unbearable and impossible to work with. The suspicion at the moment is that Max has serious power in the team,” added the 1996 world champion.

The situation is such that there have even been suggestions that bringing in Ricciardo is literally a warning to Perez

At the end of the Brazilian Grand Prix, Verstappen refused to let his teammate go, who is fighting for second place in this year’s championship. This led to an emergency meeting after the final. Now in Abu Dhabi the Red Bull team released a special statement, in which he takes the blame for what happened at the Interlagos circuit. Neither the team, nor Verstappen or Perez commented on what the specific reason for Max’s behavior was. He himself said it was “something that happened in the past”. This lead to speculation that it was Perez’s crash at the end of qualifying in Monaco. The Mexican pilot was adamant that the accident was not intentional. In Abu Dhabi, however, FIA president Mohammed bin Sulayem said that if an official inquiry was made, the federation could investigate the incident.

“No one has told me that they want an investigation into the situation. If there is something to investigate, we will. I am not at all afraid of doing this type of research. I won’t hide. I’ll even pay attention if there’s a problem. Otherwise, there will never be an improvement,” commented Bin Sulayem.

However, as the FIA ​​president pointed out, no one anywhere wanted an investigation into Perez’s crash in Monaco. In Abu Dhabi However, Carlos Sainz said that deliberate accidents during qualifying are a far more common occurrencethan becomes known in the public space.

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