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Another Plot Twist in Sergio Perez-Max Verstappen Feud As the Mexican’s “Fishy” Monaco GP Shunt’s Analysis Ignites Conspiracy Theories

Published 11/16/2022, 11:42 AM EST

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Max Verstappen landed himself in hot waters after snubbing Red Bull team’s orders at the Brazilian Grand Prix. The Dutchman denied Gianpiero Lambiase’s call on the radio to let Sergio Perez through before crossing the finish line. While Verstappen said there was a reason for his denial, as it turns out, there might be substance to that.

It is believed that the Dutchman was referring to the Monaco Grand Prix incident earlier this year, where Perez crashed in the qualifying session. This ended Verstappen’s as well as other drivers’ chances to improve their Q3 time. This qualifying crash by Perez might not be all-natural, as Jolyon Palmer, F1 analyst, finds the “fishy” part.

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On F1 TV, Palmer, the driver-turned-analyst, stated, “Actually, looking at it with more detail, I can see why it looks a little bit fishy for Verstappen. Checo comes in and there’s a big spike of throttle as he just plants the gas hard. But then also, interestingly, once he loses control of the car, there is no attempt to have a big opposite lock and try and save control.”

If you look at the steering wheel, he straightens it up but he never goes more than that, and he’s almost resigned straight away to his fate. The natural instinct of the driver is to just plant on the opposite lock and try and save the car. Not only does he jump on the gas, which seems to instigate the spin, he also is fairly resigned to his fate as soon as he does that,” Palmer further explained.

What happened between Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen at the Brazilian Grand Prix?

It’s not certain if Sergio Perez’s Q3 crash during the Monaco Grand Prix was deliberate, but the main race results later went in his favor. The Mexican started his race in P3 behind the Ferrari duo of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz. While Verstappen started from P4.

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Perez won the race ultimately, ahead of Sainz and Verstappen in P2 and P3, respectively. The crash probably ruined the Dutchman‘s chance for a win, who has already picked up 14 wins in 2022.

Fast forward to the present, fans have slammed the Dutchman over his ‘revenge’ game in Brazil.

Verstappen needed to let his teammate Perez through for two valuable points on his conquest to stay in P2 in the driver’s standings. The Dutch driver, however, did not acknowledge the direction and finished in P6, ahead of Perez in P7. This left the Mexican with the same points as Charles Leclerc (290).

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The Austrian team were taken aback by their star driver’s decision. Even though the 25-year-old driver didn’t publicize his reason for the action, it is believed that the Monaco GP crash might be the only possible reason and as per recent developments, he might not be all wrong.

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Sabyasachi Biswas

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Sabyasachi Biswas is an F1 and NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. He has completed his Master's in Mass Communication and Journalism from Jadavpur University, Kolkata. Sabyasachi is an ardent Red Bull and Max Verstappen fan and has been following the sport for over a decade now.
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Ranvijay Singh