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Red Bull Racing

F1 acted as mediator in Red Bull and Sky dispute

With Red Bull's boycott of Sky Sports coming to an end in Brazil, it has emerged that Formula 1 were active in the discussions to end the conflict.

Red Bull and Sky are set to recommence their media duties at the Brazilian Grand Prix, following their recent dispute.

During the Mexican Grand Prix weekend, it was revealed that the Red Bull drivers were avoiding Sky Sports due their concerns over a lack of impartiality when discussing the finale to the 2021 season and the cost cap saga.

The reaction was believed to be partially related to comments made by Sky Sports' Ted Kravitz, who described the 2021 championship as being 'robbed' from Lewis Hamilton.

It was later confirmed that no member of the team would be speaking to Sky Sports, in any language, for the duration of the Grand Prix weekend.

RacingNews365.com understands that Formula 1 were involved in attempts to negotiate a way forward between Red Bull and Sky Sports.

Reports from Daily Mail claim that the Sky Sports boss, Billy McGinty, is visiting Red Bull in Milton Keynes today (Monday) in an attempt to reduce tensions between the two. RacingNews365 has asked Red Bull for a comment.

'Normal service resumed' in Brazil

Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner later confirmed after the Mexican GP that the boycott would be for one race only, and 'service will be resumed' for Brazil.

It is not known to what extent 'normal service' will be resumed or whether Red Bull would be selective about which journalists and broadcasters they speak to.

Red Bull's protest was only partly successful, with Sky Sports still able to broadcast F1's own interview content, which featured all Red Bull personnel.

Red Bull's refusal to speak to Sky isn't an isolated issue. Haas have previously refused to speak to Sky Germany, whilst Ferrari have had similar restrictions in place with Sky Italy.

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