Red Bull Have Issued A Statement After Their Controversial Team Orders In Brazil – WTF1

Red Bull Have Issued A Statement After Their Controversial Team Orders In Brazil

We might be getting ready for the season finale in Abu Dhabi, but Red Bull clearly want to issue a final statement on last weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix. After the chequered flag was waved at Interlagos, F1 Twitter went into meltdown after team radio emerged of Max Verstappen appearing to refuse team orders.

As Max was on better tyres, he was allowed to pass teammate Sergio Perez to try and take the battle to the Ferraris during the final stint of the race. However, it was understood Max would give the position back to Sergio if he couldn’t pass by the end of the race, as Checo is currently fighting to finish second in the drivers’ championship.

“As a team we made some mistakes in Brazil,” the Red Bull statement said.

“We had not envisaged the situation that unfolded on the last lap and we had not agreed a strategy for such a scenario before the race. Regretfully, Max was only informed at the final corner of the request to give up position without all the necessary information being relayed. This put Max, who has always been an open and fair team player, in a compromising situation with little time to react which was not our intention.

“Following the race Max spoke openly and honestly, allowing for both drivers to resolve any outstanding issues or concerns. The team accept Max’s reasoning, the conversation was a personal matter which will remain private between the team and no further comment will be made.”

Red Bull also used their statement to take aim at the predictably hostile and abusive social media storm that inevitably followed the team orders row in Brazil.

“The events that followed from a social media point of view are completely unacceptable,” Red Bull’s statement continued. “The abusive online behaviour towards Max, Checo, the team and their respective families is shocking and saddening and unfortunately is something that we as a sport are having to address with depressing regularity.

“Death threats, hate mail, vitriol towards extended family members is deplorable. We value inclusion and want a safe space for everyone to work in and enjoy our sport. The abuse needs to stop.”

What a drama 🫣

11 thoughts on “Red Bull Have Issued A Statement After Their Controversial Team Orders In Brazil

  • Marcus Mattsson says:

    I assume they are implying he was not aware that this was an important point in the race for 2nd place? Anyway, that doesn’t really make it a lot better all things considered.

  • Jason Malcolm says:

    The vitriol towards Max and his family is deplorable but Maxs’ mum can accuse Checo of cheating on his wife. Tell me who your golden goose is Red Bull it’s not overly clear…

  • Must have been a VERY long straight after that last corner then, because they were transmitting the driver/engineer discussion for a long time before max crossed the finish line

  • danielsteventorres says:

    I was honestly wondering how they would spin it to protect Max and deflect. Not Horner’s best work. Death threats. Please. Maybe got one threat from a person Twitter. Ridiculous

  • I don’t mind saying Verstappen acted like a petulant child, and RBR (and particularly Horner) have very dubious sporting standards.
    If RBR don’t like what I say – especially on social media, they have a choice. They can sue me or they can shut up
    I don’t think they realise the damage they’ve done to F1. They may have bought more viewers to the sport, but they are viewing for the controversy, not the sport. A perusal if common F1 sites shows how F1 aficionados have become disheartened over the last two tears

  • Did people take things too far? I’m sure. The internet breeds awfulness. Is what Max did acceptable? No. Is this statement believable? Also no.

    Accountability is not abuse. and the internet rarely knows the difference. But facing abuse on the internet doesn’t negate the need for accountability.

  • wow. shameful lying and posturing from redbull. i’m not a big checo fan but i can’t believe what they’re doing to him. if they’re making it right for him behind the scenes then they’re making him a party to their lies

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