Pink Bull staff principal Christian Horner has insisted Max Verstappen just isn’t larger than the staff after his driver refused to obey an order to let his staff mate overtake him within the Brazilian Grand Prix.
Verstappen was repeatedly instructed to let Sergio Perez overtake him earlier than the ending line on the finish of at this time’s race. He refused and took the chequered flag in sixth forward of his staff mate.
Perez, who’s now tied for second place within the championship with Charles Leclerc, stated he was “shocked” and “dissatisfied” by his staff mate’s refusal to assist him. Horner apologised to Perez on the radio after the race however later denied the incident exhibits Verstappen considers his pursuits extra necessary than the groups.
“No we work as a staff, we race as a staff,” Horner instructed Sky. “Our goal and precedence is to see if we will get Checo to complete runner-up within the championship. It’s one thing we’ve by no means achieved as a staff earlier than.
“Max has given his dedication as properly and we’ll be doing the most effective we will in Abu Dhabi to attain that. So it’s a straight battle between Checo and Charles and if Max may help in any manner he’ll do.”
Verstappen stated he “has his causes” for refusing to let Perez by however declined to elucidate why he had finished so. Horner didn’t elaborate on Verstappen’s causes for ignoring the staff’s order.
“I’m not going to enter what we mentioned behind closed doorways,” he stated. “The drivers have mentioned it, they’ve shaken arms and we’re completely targeted on on that subsequent race.”
He stated the 2 drivers have cleared the air following the disagreement. “We mentioned these items internally, the drivers have clearly spoken about it as properly, they’re very, very clear.
“For us Checo’s now tied on factors with Charles. Ferrari didn’t swap their vehicles round. We go into Abu Dhabi, as a staff to do the easiest that we will for Checo to attain that second place and Max will absolutely assist that.”
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