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Max Verstappen Blasted by F1 Champion for ‘Revenge’ Game at Brazilian GP

Published 11/15/2022, 9:05 AM EST

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Sergio Perez had a huge role to play in Max Verstappen’s 2021 title-winning season. Even this year the Mexican has played the ultimate team game to ensure Verstappen successfully defends his title. However, when it came to returning the favor in Brazil, the Dutchman backed out. A Former F1 champion has now criticized the current champion for his selfish move.

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The hunt for drivers’ and constructors’ championship have concluded. The battle for 2nd in the drivers’ championship, however, remains heated. Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and Red Bull’s Sergio Perez are both worthy contenders. Red Bull will hope to finally take a 1-2 in drivers’ standings, a feat they have never achieved.


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Has Red Bull settled the friction between Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez?

Max Verstappen invited the fury of media and fans alike when he refused to follow team orders to let Sergio Perez pass. The decision to finish ahead of his teammate would have no advantage for him in the driver’s standings. For Perez, however, it could have made a world of difference.

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Giving insights into the latest developments since the event, Unibet quoted Mika Hakkinen, saying, “The team always comes first and if you have an agreement about how you and your teammate work together, it is always best to keep to that. None of us know the precise terms of Max’s agreement with Red Bull, but clearly he is the number one driver and in return he has brought them two world titles.”


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Hakkinen added, “However Sergio has been a big help to Max at times, and together they have won the teams’ championship this year, so it would be good to see Max help Sergio to finish 2nd in the World Championship for Drivers.”

Particularly now that Sergio and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc are on equal points.  I see that Christian Horner has confirmed that they have discussed the situation, shaken hands and are focusing on helping Sergio finish 2nd in the Abu Dhabi.”

Max Verstappen’s angry team radio message for the team

In the final stages of the recently concluded Brazilian GP, Red Bull strategists realized Sergio Perez could not overtake Charles Leclerc. To mitigate the loss of points, they asked Max Verstappen to pass Perez and overtake Fernando Alonso, and then Leclerc to steal as many points from the Monegasque as possible.

However, they also told Max to let his teammate pass if he could not overtake Alonso. That is where the controversy began. Not only did Verstappen not pass Alonso, but he also defied the team’s orders to let his teammate pass too.


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When his race engineer Gianpiero Lambiase asked him why he did not obey the team’s orders, Verstappen replied, “I told you already last time, guys. Don’t ask that again to me, okay? Are we clear about that? I gave my reasons, and I stand by it.”

As per rumors, in the 2022 Monaco Grand Prix qualifying, Sergio Perez intentionally went into the wall during the dying stages of Q3, to bring out the red flag and cement his place ahead of his teammate for the race. Fast forward to today, fans believe what happened in Brazil was Max’s revenge.


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But do you think everything really is alright in the Red Bull camp? Will Max really let Perez pass if the opportunity presented itself in Abu Dhabi?

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Written by:

Nischay Rathore


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Nischay Rathore is a Formula 1 Author at EssentiallySports. Being a law graduate, he has worked at the Supreme Court of India as well as the High Court of Delhi. However, due to his adherent love for sports, he has now set out to start his journey into the world of Sports Journalism.
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Ranvijay Singh