Papa Perez Warned to “Keep Out of It” Amid Max Verstappen and Checo’s Cold War

Published 11/25/2022, 10:55 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Japanese Grand Prix – Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka, Japan – October 9, 2022 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen with Red Bull’s Sergio Perez after the race REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

In Formula 1, a teammate is your first rival. Hence, rivalry amongst teammates is not surprising. However, things start getting ugly when that rivalry becomes toxic and starts affecting the team. Ask Christian Horner who has been in such situations not once or twice, but many times now with the latest Max Verstappen-Sergio Perez saga.

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Verstappen stunned the world by ignoring team orders and not letting Sergio Perez overtake him in Brazil. Checo was fighting with Charles Leclerc in a bid to finish P2 in the WDC.

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The Dutchman’s behavior prompted criticism from all parts of the world, and also from Sergio Perez’s father. Antonio Perez Garibay spoke in support of his son and said“Checo wins the races that Max cannot, the truly difficult ones”.

However, former F1 champion Jacques Villeneuve believes that F1 parents should stay out of the firing line. “I do think that Perez’s father should keep out of it. In these times of social media, parents have a big voice that is heard everywhere. But that should not happen, they should not be involved,” Villeneuve told Formule1.nl.

He further cited the example of another F1 dad. Jacques added, “That is why you see that Jos Verstappen is less and less visible, he is being kept out more and more and that is good.” 

Red Bull boss Christian Horner cleared the air and claimed that everything was resolved internally between the duo. However, it will be interesting to see if the incident affects their performance next season.

Jos Verstappen claims his son, Max, is “done with everything”

Max Verstappen has been a different gravy this season. Besides the opening few races of the season, he absolutely dominated throughout the year. The Dutchman also broke the record for most race wins in a calendar year, which was 13. Verstappen finished the season with 15 wins to his name.

Formula One F1 – Mexico City Grand Prix – Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City, Mexico – October 29, 2022 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates after qualifying in pole position REUTERS/Carlos Perez Gallardo/Pool

Moreover, his father Jos believes that Max is done with everything after a record-breaking season with Red Bull. Verstappen Sr. told Viaplay, “He’s just a bit done with everything now. Especially when you have won the championship, then the pressure is off and it becomes less exciting.”

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He further mentioned, “For Max, I think it was just important that he broke that record with those wins. I think that’s the most important thing.”

Jos also believes that Red Bull won’t have it as easy again next year and is looking forward to exciting races on the grid. He expects the championship to be much tighter again next season.

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Tanmay Khanna

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Tanmay Khanna is a Formula 1 Author at EssentiallySports. He has always been an avid sports fan, with F1 and soccer being his two favorites. Due to his inherent love for sports and competition, he has been able to understand the world of F1 inside out.

Edited By: Ranvijay Singh

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