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RB ill will as Tsunoda nearly hits teammate Ricciardo in anger

An unhappy Yuki Tsunoda made an impulsive re-pass on RB teammate Ricciardo after the chequered flag of the 2024 F1 Bahrain Grand Prix

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Yuki Tsunoda tried proving a point with a risky and unnecessary overtake on RB teammate Daniel Ricciardo during the cooldown lap of the Bahrain Grand Prix, following a disagreement regarding team orders.

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Daniel Ricciardo was less than impressed with the incident after the enacted team orders had been discussed before the race. (Image Credit: @visacashapprb on X)

The first race of the season saw Max Verstappen on the top step of the podium followed home by teammate Sergio Perez, and Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz. But the tension between the RB teammates Yuki Tsunoda and Daniel Ricciardo stole the spotlight after the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Towards the end of the race, a struggling Yuki Tsunoda was instructed by his race engineer, Mattia Spini, to let his teammate through, as according to the team, Ricciardo had more of a chance to fight with Haas driver, Kevin Magnussen, who was ahead of Tsunoda in P12.

Tsunoda, clearly unhappy with the decision, expressed his frustration via team radio.

“Are you kidding me, now?” he exclaimed, questioning the team’s decision.

The Japanese driver unhappily followed the team’s orders and let his teammate through but not without throwing a sarcastic remark: “Yeah, thanks guys, I appreciate it.”

In the end, the decision made by RB was pointless, with Ricciardo unable to pass the Haas. Furthermore, it sparked drama and tension between the teammates.

Tsunoda was ultimately not permitted to take back his position which will likely shake the trust between him and the team.

Tsunoda’s impulsive move

After crossing the chequered flag in P14, Tsunoda made a pointless and frustration-fuelled move on his teammate, who crossed the line ahead of him. The Japanese driver locked his tyres as he dived down the inside of Ricciardo at turn eight, almost making contact with him as they drove back to the pits.

After avoiding what could have been a needless crash, Ricciardo expressed his shock at his teammate’s impulsive move.

“What the ***?” Ricciardo reacted on team radio as Tsunoda passed him: “Oh, save it.”

In the post-race interviews, Ricciardo was questioned on the reason behind Tsunoda’s move.

“I don’t know. I came on the radio and was trying to stay cool,” he told the media.

“I’m being very sensible right now, but let’s call it immaturity.”

He went on to add: “But let’s be real, this is something we talked about before the race. It was very likely I was going to use a soft at the end of the race. So he knew that there was a chance that I would have a pace advantage at the end and if he gets the call, then it’s going to happen.”

“He’s not giving me points, we’re fighting for 13th, so at least give us the best chance to get at least one car in the points,” he argued.

Featured Image Credit: @visacashapprb on X

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