Verstappen refuses to help Perez: ‘It shows who he really is’

Updated on 11/14/2022 7:47 AM

  • There are many problems at Red Bull.
  • In Brazil, Formula 1 world champion Max Verstappen has refused to support Sergio Perez.
  • The Mexican always reliably helps his teammate.
  • Perez is visibly taken – and disappointed.

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Not supporting Formula 1 world champions Max Verstappen Red Bull driver Sergio Perez was injured during the Sao Paulo Grand Prix. “It shows who he really is,” said the Mexican after Sunday’s penultimate race of the season in Brazil – and was visibly upset. “Of course I’m disappointed after everything I’ve done for him. I’ve done a lot for him in the past, it’s no secret.” He had no explanation for his teammate’s refusal.

Verstappen has long been world champion, Perez is still fighting for the title as vice world champion. In the final phase of São Paulo, Verstappen overtook Perez to stay ahead of Fernando Alonso in the Alpine and Charles Leclerc still able to overtake in the Ferrari. However, Perez was informed by the Red Bull box that he would get the place back from Verstappen if the plan didn’t work out.

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Max Verstappen won’t let Sergio Perez pass

On the last lap, the sixth Verstappen was told to let Perez, who was driving directly behind him, pass. “I told you last time not to ask me that again, okay?” Verstappen wrote over the team radio in the final meters. “Are we clear on that? I’ve given my reasons and I’m sticking to that.”

Team principal Christian Horner apologized to Perez. “The drivers discussed this behind closed doors. Our goal for Abu Dhabi is for ‘Checo’ to get second place. Max will do everything to achieve that,” said Horner.

Verstappen wants to help Perez in Abu Dhabi

Verstappen also did not want to explain anything after the race. “Of course I understand that ‘Checo’ is disappointed. But I also gave my reasons why I didn’t do it because of something that happened in the past. That’s why we all sat down and talked about it,” Verstappen said for the contest. last race of the season in a week in the desert. “We are going to Abu Dhabi, they are level on points and if he needs the help there to finish ahead of Charles I will help him.” Leclerc and Perez are in second place with 290 points each.

An incident in Monaco this year is believed to be the likely reason for Verstappen. Perez crashed just before the end of qualifying, depriving Verstappen of a chance for pole position. The race went on to win Perez.

Perez has been driving for Red Bull since last year. At the 2021 Formula 1 final in Abu Dhabi, he ensured that Verstappen became world champion with his bitter resistance to Lewis Hamilton in the Mercedes. “You are an absolute animal,” the Dutchman praised his selfless teammates at the time. (ff/dpa)


In 2022 there are still two races on the Formula 1 calendar and world champion Max Verstappen sets an impressive record from Mexico. There is as little to celebrate for the outgoing Sebastian Vettel as there is for Mick Schumacher. It remains exciting behind Red Bull in the constructors’ standings.

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