Verstappen refuses Red Bull team orders | Perez: "It shows who he really is"

Max Verstappen refused to comply with Red Bull team orders at the F1 Sao Paulo Grand Prix, raging: “Guys, don’t ask me again”.
Max Verstappen (NLD) Red Bull Racing.
Max Verstappen (NLD) Red Bull Racing.

World champion Verstappen was forced to watch a Mercedes 1-2 as George Russell won at Interlagos, with Lewis Hamilton behind him.

Verstappen finished sixth, with teammate Sergio Perez seventh, but only because the champion disagreed with his team’s plea to let Perez pass.

Sergio Perez (MEX) Red Bull Racing RB18. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 21, Brazilian Grand Prix, Sao Paulo, Brazil,
Sergio Perez (MEX) Red Bull Racing RB18. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd…

When Verstappen was later asked by his engineer why he ignored the order, he exclaimed: “I told you already. 

“Guys, don’t ask me again. Are we clear about that? I gave my reasons. And I stand by it.”

Perez said via his own team radio about Verstappen: "It shows who he really is."

Perez remains tied with Charles Leclerc in the battle for second in the F1 standings which is why Red Bull wanted him to earn extra points in Brazil.

Verstappen was already upset after early contact with his rival Lewis Hamilton left him needing to pit for a new wing, and facing an uphill battle.

Why did Verstappen ignore team orders?

Verstappen claimed he could have qualified in second, had Perez not crashed and caused a red flag.

Christian Horner, the Red Bull team boss, denied that Perez had cost his teammate.

Perez then won the Monaco Grand Prix the following day. It was, until now, the sole source of potential problems between Verstappen and his teammate in a year of glory for the Dutchman.

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