Seventh in the Brazilian Grand Prix, Sergio Perez lost points due to his teammate Max Verstappen, who refused to give way to him on the last lap. The Mexican had, before that, moved aside to make way for the Dutchman with a view to gaining places. “Checo” showed his great frustration after the race.
There is tension in the air between Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez. During the Brazilian Grand Prix this Sunday, the penultimate meeting of the season, the Mexican driver did not appreciate the behavior of his Dutch teammate in the last laps of the circuit. The double world champion refused to respect the team instructions.
Left in third position on the 59th lap (out of 71) after the safety car which had intervened after the mechanical problem of Lando Norris, Sergio Perez was then overtaken by Carlos Sainz, Charles Leclerc and Fernando Alonso. In difficulty with his tires, “Checo” also gave way to Max Verstappen, so that he could attack the opponents.
“If he won two world championships, it’s thanks to me”
On the last lap, Red Bull asked Max Verstappen to give Sergio Perez his place. “Don’t ask me that. Is it clear?”, replied “Mad Max” curtly, who has nothing more to play for at the end of the season except for example the record number of victories. Through his radio, Sergio Perez did not fail to tackle his teammate once the line was crossed: “Max showed who he really was”.
Third in the world championship, tied on points with Charles Leclerc who is ahead of him, Sergio Perez could have scored two more points if Max Verstappen had accepted the choice of his team. “I’m very surprised, I don’t know exactly what happened. Especially with everything I’ve done for him. I don’t understand his reasons, it’s very surprising, regretted Perez at the microphone. from DAZN. I think if he won two world championships, it’s thanks to me.”
Asked by Sky Sport, Max Verstappen said he is ready to help Sergio Perez at the next Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi. On the other hand, the Dutchman also confirmed, without saying more, that a precedent between the two men was the reason for his decision of the day. Verstappen’s compatriot Tom Coronel suggests the incident happened during qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix, where Perez deliberately crashed. The Mexican was then in second position behind Charles Leclerc, pulling the rug out from under Verstappen, then fourth at the time. The Mexican would then have admitted his fault to his leaders.
A model and dedicated teammate for Max Verstappen, Sergio Perez has the possibility of becoming vice-world champion for the first time in his career, at 32 years old. He will have to do better than Leclerc next Sunday at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the last opportunity to explain himself in 2022. Under contract until 2024 with Red Bull, Sergio Perez will undoubtedly have to clear things up with Verstappen to get off to a good start next season.