Max Verstappen has been warned that “nobody is going to want to work” for him if he repeats the behavior that led to an explosive fight with Sergio Perez at the Brazilian Grand Prix. The world champion defied team orders in the closing stages and refused to let the Mexican pass him to take P6, which would have seen his Red Bull teammate go into the final race in Abu Dhabi sitting second in the standings. of pilots.
After being asked “what happened?” Over the team radio, Verstappen replied: “I already told you last summer, don’t ask me that again. Are we clear? I gave my reasons and I stand by them.”
Verstappen’s grudge is believed to date back to qualifying at the Monaco Grand Prix, where he was denied a final race in Q3 after Perez went off the track, triggering a red flag. The 25-year-old described the late red flag as “irritating” and even hinted at foul play by his teammate, who duly started ahead of him on the grid the following day.
Verstappen’s views were seen by many as laughable and also ironic, given that Perez had undoubtedly helped him in his 2021 title quest, when he stopped Lewis Hamilton in Abu Dhabi before the latest safety car drama. And while team principal Christian Horner has insisted the pair work together this weekend at Yas Marina, former F1 driver Pedro de la Rosa has issued a strong warning to Verstappen.
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“I think it’s the team’s job to make him understand why it’s wrong,” De La Rosa told DAZN Spain. And he has to understand why it’s very important if he wants to have a loyal partner like he had in Checo.”
And he warned the Dutchman that he could still compromise his place in the team if he continues to defy the engineers: “Nobody is going to want to work for Verstappen if they know they are going to get paid like that.”
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