Sharp criticism of Formula 1 world champion Max Verstappen. Because the world champion ignored a clear team order at the Brazilian Grand Prix, the Dutchman was faced with strong headwinds from many sides. Even three former F1 drivers have no understanding of the Red Bull driver’s behavior.
Late Monday night, Sergio Pérez tried to find some air in the heated discussion about his teammate. He had previously ignored a clear team order in Sao Paulo and did not let the Mexican past as requested.
The matter has been discussed and is being handled internally, Pérez writes in a social media post. “That is now behind us. We will continue to work together as the great team we have been,” said the Mexican, after burying the hatchet.
However, few believe that everything is now settled between the two Red Bull drivers. The Mexican’s fans rioted shortly after the race and clearly expressed their opinion of Verstappen’s action. And three former Formula 1 drivers also believe that the behavior of the Dutchman can have consequences.
“Now it’s the team’s job to show him why it was wrong, and he needs to understand that if he wants to keep having such a loyal teammate as ‘Checo’,” said Pedro de la Rosa after the race. “Nobody wants to work with him if they know how Verstappen pays these things back,” the Spaniard criticized the world champion.
And Timo Glock also has no understanding of the Red Bull driver’s serious ego trip. “A year ago, Pérez made Verstappen world champion. Now he could have helped his team and his teammates. That’s why I don’t understand why he reacted like that. I would like to know the reasons for that,” said the German afterwards. the race on “heaven”.
Glock also fears that Pérez could retaliate for this action in the future. “Of course this behavior is not conducive to next year. Pérez will see in the future whether he still wants to support Verstappen.”
Button also criticizes Red Bull
Former world champion Jenson Button sees things much the same way. In his view, however, one should be careful with judgment, because: “If we do not know the reasons for Verstappen’s behavior, we naturally think that he is selfish and does not think about the team or his teammates.”
But even without knowing the reasons, Button believes that Verstappen could or should have cut a better figure in this situation. “He could have come out of this number so well. The world champion lets his teammate pass so that he can compete for second place in the world championship,” said the Englishman, who also donated a small share to the team. of responsibility.
“You have to wonder if Red Bull discussed this scenario beforehand, as Max claims, if they should ask him about it in the race. It feels like they haven’t talked about it enough before the weekend. And that seems to be a bigger a problem. Red Bull has put itself in a position that is absolutely bad for marketing,” Button told Sky Sports.