The Verstappen-Perez tussle on the last lap of the Brazilian GP

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The Verstappen-Perez tussle on the last lap of the Brazilian GP

Even if he is already assured of a second title in a row of world champion, Max Verstappen is not ready to drop a single point. Sunday in the last lap of the Brazilian Grand Prix, the Dutchman (6th) received a radio instruction from his Red Bull team: let himself be overtaken by his teammate Sergio Perez (7th) so that the Mexican recovers the maximum number of points in his fight for second place in the Championship. Verstappen ignored that request with a scathing response via radio: I already told you last time. Guys, you don’t ask me that anymore, okay? Is that clear ? I have given my reasons and I stand by my position. »

“After everything I’ve done for him, it’s a bit disappointing honestly. »

Sergio Perez, now tied on points with Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc, then received an apology from team boss Christian Horner: “ I’m sorry for that Checo “. Before responding : ” He shows who he really is “. He then explained to the microphone of Sky Sports: “ I was told (previously) to let it pass, that I would regain my position. Maybe you should ask him… After all I’ve done for him, it’s a bit disappointing honestly. I’m really surprised. »

Questioned by the press, Verstappen did not want to explain his choice more clearly: We must move forward. We will go to Abu Dhabi (for the last Grand Prix). They are level on points and if he needs help to finish ahead of Charles (Leclerc) then I will help him. »

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