While Max Verstappen refused to say why he didn’t want to hand over his position to team-mate Sergio Perez at the end of the Brazilian Grand Prix, the Red Bull boss assured the incident was closed.
Red Bull is already assured of the title of world champion for drivers and constructors, but the Austrian team has found another objective at the end of the season: to finish second in the drivers’ championship with Sergio Perez, to achieve the double alongside by Max Verstappen. Sunday, at the end of the Brazilian Grand Prix, Max Verstappen had been instructed to let his Mexican teammate pass so that he could take the precious points for sixth place (6), and not seventh (5). But the world champion refused, and did not want to say why on arrival. Now, Perez is third in the standings, tied on points with Charles Leclerc, and everything will therefore be decided this Sunday during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the last of the season.
Horner: ‘Max is committed to doing his best in Abu Dhabi’
After the race, Red Bull boss Christian Horner, who apologized to Perez for Verstappen’s behavior, returned to this controversy, but did not give any real explanation either. “We discuss these things internally. The drivers have been very, very clear and for us Checo is now level on points with Charles, and we are going to Abu Dhabi as a team to do our best to get Checo to that second place. Max will fully support this. The drivers discussed it, they shook hands and we focused on this next race. We work as a team, we race as a team and our goal and our priority is to see if we can get Checo to finish second in the championship. This is something we have never achieved as a team before and Max is committed to doing his best in Abu Dhabi to make it happen. This last Grand Prix of the season could therefore prove to be thrilling, not for victory, but for places of honour.