Mistrust between Verstappen and Pérez: ‘Could explode at some point’

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Mistrust between Verstappen and Pérez: ‘Could explode at some point’

Marc Surer thinks that Max Verstappen and Sergio Pérez seriously distrust each other, the former Formula 1 driver says in an interview with Motorsport-Total.com. The Swiss therefore believes that at some point it can explode between the two Red Bull Racing drivers.

“It sounds like they really distrust each other,” says Surer, who saw the boiling point reached in Brazil last year. And that hasn’t gone away, it’s still there. The team downplays it well. And the drivers don’t really comment on it either. Once they control it, they control it. But of course it can explode at some point.’

Friction between Red Bull F1 drivers Verstappen and Pérez clearly visible

Pérez won the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix after Verstappen was taken out early in qualifying with a broken driveshaft. The Dutchman climbed up to second place on Sunday, but was visibly not entirely happy with that. What didn’t help was that he didn’t get close to his teammate. In addition, there was a lot of bickering about who was allowed to drive faster laps and therefore the fastest lap.

Surer notices that Pérez sees his chance because of the hassle surrounding Verstappen. “If the drive shafts break again or something, he’s suddenly at the top of the championship. Of course he has to hope for the bad luck of the other driver. But in principle he sees his chance. And he could have taken the lead in the world championship. But we all know that Verstappen is faster.’

Something Surer especially does not hope for are team orders from Red Bull to Verstappen and/or Pérez. The top Austrian team is already dominant and it wouldn’t help if the team’s driver duo weren’t allowed to fight each other. “If a team is already superior, then the two drivers should at least be allowed to attack each other, so that it has entertainment value in the race.”

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