The tea towel burned at Red Bull at the Brazilian GP when on the last lap, Max Verstappen refused to let his teammate Sergio Perez pass to allow him to take second place in the Championship, when such were the instructions at Red Bull. This Thursday, in a press conference before the Abu Dhabi GP on Sunday, Verstappen assumed: ” In the end, I didn’t do anything wrong, it’s just that people misunderstood what happened. »
According to Verstappen, this refusal is a response to ” something that happened earlier in the season “. This ” Something “, For many observers, it is the qualifying round at the GP of Monaco, last May, where Perez spun, preventing Verstappen from passing in front.
Speculation that the Mexican in turn refuted this Thursday, saying that he had ” not on purpose » to make a mistake. Even if he wanted to ease the tensions, “Checo” was still a little carried away in São Paulo after Verstappen’s refusal to let him pass. ” showed who he really is “, he had dropped in radio communication.
Either way, these frictions promise new sparks in 2023.