As George Russell won his first Formula One GP a row was brewing ate world champions Red Bull Racing. The team left Perez out on used medium tyres when Lando Norris breakdown caused a safety car during the last quarter of the Sau Paulo GP.
Verstappen by way of contrast had pitted for new tyres and was inside the top 10 as the safetycar was withdrawn.
Verstappen fails to claim F1 record
The double world champion made light work of charging through the midfield and overtook his team mate with 5 laps to go.
However, Verstappen failed to catch Fernando Alonso or Carlos Sainz ahead of him and on the last lap of the race was asked by the team to allow Sergio Perez through for the extra points.
Verstappen did not dodge the issue and when asked “what happened?” Over pit radio following the chequered flag Max replied,
“I told you already last time – you guys should’t ask that again of me. Ok…. Are we clear about that?”
“I gave my reasons and I stand by it”.
Checo’s pit radio
Perez was informed on the last lap that “Max won’t let you through”.
He replied, “Thank you for that guys”
The Christian Horner then apologised to Sergio, “I’m sorry about the Checo” and the Mexican’s race engineer added, “we’ll debrief everything afterwards.”
In a final dig art his team mate Sergio responded, “t shows who he really is.”
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The reason Red Bull wanted to promote Perez was because as a team they’ve never had a 1-2 in the drivers’ championship final standings.
However, Christian Horner explained before the race the focus for the team today was to ensure Checo finished ahead of LeClerc and team orders would only be issued if necessary next time out in Abu Dhabi.
Some have suggested Verstappen is still miffed with his team mate for crashing in Q3 at the 2022 Monaco GP. Verstappen was on a hot lap when the Mexican crashed which potentially prevented Verstappen from taking pole position.
Verstappen bad blood with Perez
Winning the race in Monaco is one of motorsports triple crown events. The other two are winning the 24 hour of Le Mans and the Indy500 in the US.
Only one driver has ever completed this triple crown and that’s Graham Hill.
Fernando Alonso presently has 2 of the 3 having won Le Mans and the Monaco GP. The spaniard has entered the Indy500 twice but was not a regular competitor for the IndyCar series season and suffered from not being competitive.
"Max, let Checo through please…Max what happened?"
Max: "I gave my reasons, and I stand by it" pic.twitter.com/OWGasb6scy
— Sky Sports F1 (@SkySportsF1) November 13, 2022