In the broadcast video, Max can be seen at the wheel, in which he sees himself beating his teammate, even though “Checo” was in a better time than the Spanish Fernando Alonso; However, in the controversial video, it is speculated that the Austrian team tried to take advantage of it so as not to push the engine of its car to the limit, for which its engineer Gianpiero Lambiase asked Max to reduce the revolutions and set a time of 1 minute. 37 seconds per lap, an instruction that was not respected by the representative of the Netherlands.
Did Verstappen ask Checo Pérez to slow down?
“Target 37.0″, the engineer told him over the radio. “Uhm… I don’t mind slowing down, but only if we both slow down,” Verstappen replied in the allegedly edited video. “You are not competing at the moment, Max, so the target is 37.0, please”, they reply to the Dutchman.
In an alleged refusal that Verstappen showed caused his engineer to explode and throw the phrase: “I’m going to get bored of this, so please do it.” Let’s remember that the disagreement between the defending Formula 1 champion refused to help the one from Guadalajara so that he reached second place in the drivers’ championship.