Schumacher criticizes Verstappen: Not completely clean / Formula 1

Max Verstappen’s refusal to issue a team order caused much conversation in Brazil. Ralf Schumacher has a clear opinion.

In the closing stages of the 21st and penultimate race of the season in Brazil, Max Verstappen was instructed over the radio to let his team-mate Sergio Perez, who was behind him, pass. Background: Perez is battling Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc for second place in the world championship.

However, Verstappen refused. And he finished sixth, ahead of Perez. The Mexican is now level on points with Leclerc, but ahead of Perez thanks to more wins this season.

“I told you last time. Don’t ask me that again, okay? It’s clear? I have given my reasons. And I stand by that,” raged the Dutchman on the radio.

The exact reasons remain unclear, Verstappen did not want to say anything about it, only revealing that something seems to have happened in the past. “We sat together now, I explained why I didn’t do it,” said Verstappen, who announced: “If he needs help in Abu Dhabi, I will.”

Ralf Schumacher criticized the event. “I think Sergio Perez showed in the first year how much he can fight for the team,” Schumacher said on RTL.

“I think that would be the payback period. It’s just a bit of a street brawler mentality, a bit of egotism. And of course: He’s super successful, but something like that can cost you support in the team and I don’t know if it’s worth something like that,” said Schumacher, who described the action as “not entirely human.” “They need to pull themselves together and regain their stubbornness.

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
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)

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. Alpha Tauri 35
10. Williams 8

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