Max Verstappen confirms: ‘He will help Sergio Pérez’ / Formula 1

In Brazil, Max Verstappen refused to comply with his team’s orders to let Sergio Pérez through. However, he then explained: He wants to help his team-mate in Abu Dhabi.

While Max Verstappen has already been crowned champion, his Red Bull Racing teammate Sergio “Checo” Pérez is still fighting for second place in the drivers’ standings. Before the season finale in Abu Dhabi, the Mexican, like his rival Charles Leclerc, has 290 points in the World Championship.

Pérez could have scored more points in Brazil if team-mate Max Verstappen had allowed him to overtake as the team requested. The Dutchman, who had previously overtaken Pérez in an attempt to attack Leclerc, refused to do so. He explained over the radio: “I told you last time not to ask me that. It’s clear? I have stated my reasons and I stand by them.

After crossing the finish line in 7th place, the Guadalajara racer was foaming at the mouth and called out: “Thank you so much, it shows who he really is.” He alluded to the strong support Pérez has given Verstappen in 2021 in a tight title fight against Lewis Hamilton.

Verstappen said: “I’m not going to run now and I told the team why I did it. I won’t say why, but we’ve talked about it before. It was nothing new, neither for me nor for her. Now it’s more important that we sit together as a team and bring everything to the table.”

“It is also important that we now move on and look at Abu Dhabi. Of course I want to win the race, but if there’s a chance to help Checo, I’ll do that too. That’s why it’s important that we have the meeting now,” said the 25-year-old player.

He understood that his team-mate was disappointed, explained Verstappen. “But they also need to understand why I acted the way I did. The two-time champion also emphasized: “I think we are professionally accurate to put it behind us.”

Of the crash with Lewis Hamilton that earned him a 5-second penalty, Verstappen said: “I knew he wasn’t going to leave any room and it was going to go down. I tried it, it left no space and then it fell off. It’s a shame, but it wouldn’t have made a big difference to my race because I was too slow. It cost him the victory, it gave me five seconds.”

Sao Paulo-GP, Interlagos

01. George Russell (GB), 1:38:34.044h
02. Lewis Hamilton (GB), Mercedes, +1.529 sec
03. Carlos Sainz (E), Ferrari, +4.051
04. Charles Leclerc (MC), Ferrari, +8.441
05. Fernando Alonso (L), Alpine, +9.561
06. Max Verstappen (NL), Red Bull Racing, +10.056
07. Sergio Perez (MEX), Red Bull Racing, +14,080
08. Esteban Ocon (F), Alpine, +18.690
09. Valtteri Bottas (FIN), Alfa Romeo, +22.552
10. Lance Stroll (CDN), Aston Martin, +23.552
11. Sebastian Vettel (D), Aston Martin, +26.183
12. Guanyu Zhou (RC), Alfa Romeo, +29.325
13. Mick Schumacher (D), Haas, +29.899
14. Pierre Gasly (F), AlphaTauri, +31.867
15. Alex Albon (T), Williams, +36.016
16. Nicholas Latifi (CDN), Williams, +37.038
17. Yuki Tsunoda (J), AlphaTauri, +1 Round
Out
Lando Norris (GB), McLaren, Electrics
Daniel Ricciardo (AUS), McLaren, collision with Magnussen
Kevin Magnussen (DK), Haas, collision with Ricciardo

Championship status (after 21 of 22 races)

Driver
01. Verstappen 429 points
02. Leclerc 290
03. Perez 290
04. Russell 265
05. Hamilton 240
06. Sainz 234
07. Norris 113
08. Ocon 86
09. Alonso 81
10. Bottas 49
11. Vettel 36
12. Ricciardo 35
13. Magnussen 25
14. Gaseous 23
15. Walk 14
16. Schumacher 12
17. Tsunoda 12
18. Zhou 6
19. Albon 4
20. Latif 2
21. DeVries 2
22. Nico Hulkenberg (D) 0

Constructors’ Cup
01. Red Bull Racing 719 Points
02. Ferrari 524
03. Mercedes 505
04. Alpine 167
05. McLaren 148
06. Alfa Romeo 55
07. Aston Martin 50
08. Haas 37
09. AlphaTauri 35
10. Williams 8

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