Max repeats that what happened in Brazil was due to a past event
The Dutch driver Max Verstappen assumed this Thursday that he had refused to let his teammate, Sergio Pérez from Guadalajara, pass in Brazil to allow him to take second place in the Formula 1 World Cup and accused the media of “ridiculous” and “disgusting” explanations. “.
On the last lap of the Brazilian Grand Prix last week, Red Bull asked Verstappen, who had already held his second title in his hands for some time, to let Pérez pass to finish in sixth position which, although anecdotally, would have allowed the Mexican to overcome the French Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) in second place in the World Cup.
However, the Dutchman rejected it. “In the end I didn’t do anything wrong, people didn’t understand what happened“Verstappen declared at a press conference prior to the Abu Dhabi GP, the last event of the year.
Something that happened at the beginning of the season
Verstappen explained that it was due to “something that happened at the beginning of the season.” According to the specialized press, the Dutchman believes that Pérez had an accident on purpose in Monaco at the end of qualifying, which prevented Verstappen from finishing his lap and forced him to start behind him in the race.
In the end, Pérez won the test and Verstappen finished third. This Thursday, Pérez already denied these “speculations” and pointed out that he “did not do it on purpose.”
The Mexican added that Red Bull wanted to manage this matter “internally”. Hot in Sao Paulo, on the other hand, the Mexican did not mince words: “That shows who he really is,” he reacted in a radio communication. “If he has two titles, it’s thanks to me,” continued ‘Checo’, referring to the times he helped his teammate, both in 2021 and 2022.
This year, in Spain, for example, Pérez accepted his team’s order to let “Mad Max” pass, so that he would end up winning the race.