Sergio Pérez dealt a “low blow” to Max Verstappen after attacking his personality on team radio at the Brazilian Grand Prix, according to former driver Christian Albers. The former Minardi and Midland star also warned that the dispute had turned “personal” after the pair clashed over a team orders fight in Sao Paulo.
However, Albers admitted that Verstappen should not have ignored the demands to let Perez through. Albers told the Dutch newspaper NOS: “Between Verstappen and Pérez there is something personal.
“I understand that Verstappen may have his reasons and his principles, but a driver of his caliber should not behave like this. He had the opportunity to contribute to the team’s double in qualifying and made the decision for him.
“Was it worth it? I should have proven superior. Perez didn’t show much class either, his radio attack on Verstappen’s nature is a cheap shot.” Red Bull had begged Verstappen to let Perez pass on the last lap to score more points in his battle for runner-up with Charles Leclerc.
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Red Bull boss Christian Horner admitted that the pair had spoken about the incident after the race. He also made it clear that Verstappen had promised to help the Mexican in Abu Dhabi after the Brazilian debacle.
Horner explained: “It’s something we discussed obviously, behind closed doors, the drivers have discussed it. And as a team, our focus in Abu Dhabi with Charles and Checo level on points is to do everything we can to help Checo to second place, and Max obviously committed as well.
“So as far as we’re concerned, it’s about looking forward and not looking back.”
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