MAX VERSTAPPEN and Sergio Perez have been embroiled in a crew orders fiasco on the Spanish Grand Prix because the Mexican was requested to not maintain up the reigning world champion.
Max Verstappen makes delicate dig at Lewis Hamilton
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Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg’s fiery Mercedes relationship will not be much like Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez at Pink Bull, warns Jolyon Palmer. The previous driver has stated there’s ‘no animosity between the pair’ who’ve labored effectively collectively.
He warns Pink Bull ought to have allowed the pair to race for the victory in Spain as an alternative of issuing directions for Perez to let Verstappen by means of for the race lead. The connection is a stark distinction to when Hamilton and Rosberg have been fierce rivals as each aimed to win the world championship with Mercedes.
Tensions exploded in 2016 with the pair colliding on the Spanish Grand Prix earlier than Hamilton tried to purposefully maintain up Rosberg in a bid to win the title on the final race in Abu Dhabi. Nevertheless, Palmer warns Verstappen and Perez usually are not embroiled in a ‘bitter rivalry’ in the identical approach because the Mercedes pair.
Palmer stated: “Groups should belief their drivers to race pretty, notably when they’re as harmonious as Perez and Verstappen are for the time being. There’s no animosity between the pair. This isn’t a Hamilton/Rosberg, Vettel/Webber or Hamilton/Alonso situation right here when there are main factors to show in an especially bitter rivalry.
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Max Verstappen’s crew battle will not be the identical as Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg’s combat (Picture: Getty)
“There, the stakes have been clearly a lot larger. The Pink Bull duo are a few of the greatest within the enterprise and I’m certain that they might have had a cube on observe with out risking a collision, as so many others did on Sunday, and crew mates from different groups do on a regular basis.”
The Mexican held up Hamilton for Verstappen within the final race of the 2021 season and has typically been completely happy to assist the title combat the place he can. Nevertheless, he was confused after final week’s race when he was requested to not maintain up Verstappen.
Perez stated the choice was ‘very unfair’ and demanded talks between himself and the crew after the race. Verstappen was on a distinct technique however after only a handful of races, Perez could have felt he may have raced for the win.
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Sergio Perez demanded talks with Pink Bull after being requested to maneuver apart (Picture: Getty)
This was debunked by crew principal Christian Horner, who claimed it might not have been a good combat between the pair as a result of large tempo distinction.
He stated: “With oil temperatures, water temperatures [running high] and a DRS that was intermittently working it didn’t make any sense for the crew to allow them to combat as a result of it was an unfair combat anyway. Because it turned out, we needed to pit Checo [Perez] anyway for the tip of the race.
“So each drivers labored collectively as a crew and to get the utmost factors right this moment was vastly essential when Ferrari had a problem.”