Max Verstappen has confirmed he is not going to be gifting his team-mate Sergio Perez a win in his house grand prix and insists the Mexican is nice sufficient to win on his personal.
Having gained the Drivers’ Championship and helped Pink Bull safe the Constructors’ Championship in Austin, there’s little extra for Verstappen to realize within the final three races of this season.
The one attainable goal left for him is to interrupt the report variety of race victories in a single marketing campaign, yet one more and he’ll transfer previous Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel, which has led to some speculate whether or not he could also be feeling beneficiant.
For Pink Bull, they’re aiming for a one-two within the Drivers’ standings, a feat they’ve by no means achieved earlier than, and it was put to Verstappen whether or not he could also be keen to ‘present’ the race win to his team-mate Perez in what’s the Mexican’s house grand prix.
“It’s not about giving presents,” he advised Sky Sports activities F1. “So long as we end first and second the the group is blissful.
“I imply, Checo is nice sufficient to win races on his personal.
“It’s far more rewarding anyway to do it like that. So we’ll see this weekend the place we’re.
“After all, having your personal grand prix is simply a tremendous feeling anyway and I’m positive he’ll do effectively.”
Perez has mentioned comparable himself, stating he doesn’t need to obtain any presents from his team-mate.
The Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez is one which has been good to Pink Bull in recent times having gained three of the previous 4 races.
The observe performed host to Verstappen’s penultimate win of the 2021 season through which he was locked in a title battle with Lewis Hamilton.
This time spherical, the Championship could also be completed and dusted however Verstappen is hoping to have comparable kind this weekend.
“It’s very slippery,” he mentioned of the observe’s traits. “It’s important to throw the automobile round slightly bit extra possibly than another tracks. But it surely’s simply been actually good to us in addition to the group I feel.
“The automobile has at all times labored fairly effectively, even now it’s fairly completely different, completely different tyres, completely different automobile so it’s a little bit of a query mark if it’s going to be the identical however prior to now it’s been actually good.”
Verstappen goes into the weekend 124 factors away from second-place Charles Leclerc whereas Perez is 2 factors behind the Ferrari driver.
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