Max Verstappen’s Perfect Synchronization Dance With Sergio Perez Helps Red Bull Put Behind a Turbulent Week: “That’s Definitely a Great Start…”

Published 11/20/2022, 5:09 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – November 19, 2022 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates after qualifying in pole position with second placed Red Bull’s Sergio Perez Pool via REUTERS/Kamran Jebreili

Max Verstappen is all set to take his 15th win of the year. Yes, the Dutchman was quick under the floodlights of the Abu Dhabi track as he took the final pole of the season. This marks his 7th pole position of the season. The Yas Marina Circuit witnessed complete team effort from Red Bull, which arguably didn’t happen at the Brazilian circuit. His RB18’s speed and the outcome have pleased the Dutchman. Besides, he was too happy to have helped his teammate.

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Max Verstappen has a special connection with the Abu Dhabi track. The Yas Marina Circuit is the same track where Dutchman claimed his maiden title. That being said, Max Verstappen, who has dominated the F1 grid throughout the season, was also the fastest in this year’s qualifying.

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Sergio Perez, who was struggling to make it into the Q3, was given a tow on his second flying lap in Q3 by Max Verstappen. This eventually helped him to line up in the front row. The fact that the front row is locked by the Austrian outfit has pleased the Dutch ace.

“I’m very happy that both cars are on the front row,” he said. “Because of course we want to win the race, but we also want to finish second with Checo in the championship, so that’s definitely a great start before tomorrow.”

All in all, it is surely a relief for the Red Bull PR team, after everything that happened during the Brazilian GP weekend.

Verstappen seems to be quite happy with the fact that Checo Perez has got an upper hand in the battle of P2 in WDC with Charles Leclerc. The help was later appreciated by Perez himself.

Sergio Perez says Max Verstappen did a great job

The last weekend was tough for Red Bull as both of their drivers were out of the podium places. Besides, there was some fuming conversation that took place between the duo. At the Sau Paulo track last weekend Max Verstappen refused the team’s order to let Sergio Perez through for those extra 2 points.

Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 24, 2022 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates on the podium after winning the race alongside second place Red Bull’s Sergio Perez REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

Dutchman’s decision cost Checo. Although post-race team, principal Christian Horner assured that Verstappen will definitely help his teammate grab the second spot at the driver’s standing. The Dutch ace did exactly the same and helped Perez tow in the Q3 at the Yas Marina Circuit.

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Post-race Perez appreciated his teammate’s efforts and said, “Max did a great job also for me, we worked together as a team really strongly on that final run. I’m looking forward to tomorrow, which is the day that really matters.

Perez further said, “I think it’s going to be a very interesting one, given how strong Ferrari will be, and Mercedes.”

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Both the Red Bull drivers have something to achieve at the penultimate race. That being said, Do you think Verstappen can turn his pole into his 15th win of the season?

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Aditya Srivastava

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Aditya Srivastava is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. Although he has completed his undergrad in History, due to his passion for the field, he couldn't hold himself back from entering the world of Sports Journalism. Being a huge fan of Formula 1, Aditya has taken up multiple internships and freelancing gigs where he got to pen down his thoughts about the most prestigious form of motor racing in the world.

Edited By: Ranvijay Singh

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