Max Verstappen Refuses to Give Sergio Perez His Rightful Throne: “Depends on How You Look at It”

Published 12/16/2022, 6:10 AM EST

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Max Verstappen is currently a better driver than his teammate Sergio Perez at Red Bull if statistics are considered. In most of the scenarios, the Dutchman got the better of the Mexican on track. However, on fewer occasions, Perez was better than Verstappen, which astonishingly Verstappen didn’t seem to acknowledge much.

During an interview with ViaPlay F1 Talks, Max Verstappen talked about how he dislikes the street circuit races. He also touched upon how the new generation of cars aren’t a fit for the comparatively narrow roads that these races have to offer. While the Dutchman was at it, a host on the show brought up how Perez is “very good on street circuits. Monaco, Azerbaijan, Singapore…”


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This visibly didn’t go well with the two-time world champion as he reluctantly agreed, saying, “It depends on how you look at it…”

He then went on to share, “But yeah, he won both, that’s when you look at stats. But we can go into detail about them later.”

Notably, Sergio Perez won the 2022 Monaco as well as the Singapore Grand Prix, which are regarded as two of the greatest street circuits ever. Whereas Max Verstappen came out victorious in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

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Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez arguably shared an ideal ‘teammates’ dynamic between them until the 2022 Brazilian Grand Prix. After the two years they have raced with each other at Red Bull, the Sao Paulo race brought out the bitter reality in front of the world.


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As Red Bull ordered the Dutchman to make way and let Perez pass, so that he can have two points extra against Charles Leclerc for the driver’s championship, Verstappen refused. As the former Toro Rosso driver didn’t move aside, Perez, later on, blasted Verstappen for his actions.

Even though Red Bull said everything was sorted between the two drivers later on, former F1 driver Michael Bleekemolen believes it was not the case. Talking to F1Maximaal, Bleekemolen stated, “There is always so much hatred and envy that is hidden between the drivers. Of course, something has passed that we all don’t know very well, I think. That’s been kept under wraps a bit.”

Look, if Perez had said half a sentence that he crashed on purpose in Monaco qualifying, I think the FIA ​​would have given him a penalty. Then we kind of get another case like crashgate. You forget things, but I think it always sticks a bit,” concluded the racing driver. [Translated from Dutch]


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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