Sergio Perez has denied deliberately crashing his Red Bull during qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix in May after media speculation the race sparked a team controversy in Brazil last weekend.
Two-time Formula 1 world champion Max Verstappen refused to give Perez a place back at Interlagos, despite being told by the team, and said his actions stemmed from “something that happened in the past “. Dutch media reported it was revenge for Perez crashing deliberately in Monaco, where overtaking is extremely difficult. The Mexican lined up third and ahead of Verstappen on the grid and took the win.
Perez, who is battling for second place in a championship already won by Verstappen, told reporters before the end of the Abu Dhabi season that Monaco had not been discussed in clear talks after Brazil. “Everyone makes mistakes in Monaco, and in general in qualifying – it’s not like it was done on purpose,” said the 32-year-old.
“That rumor is false,” he added, when asked about speculation he had admitted to the team for crashing on purpose. The events in Brazil sparked a backlash against Verstappen, who said he and his family had suffered online threats and abuse.
Verstappen said he was ready to help Perez if needed this weekend. Perez, who enjoyed a harmonious relationship with Verstappen and helped him on several occasions, said he and the 25-year-old are adults and will leave Brazil.
He said the reasons for Verstappen’s refusal to make way for him had not been clarified. “Whether it’s Monaco or something else, it’s up to him to tell you, I don’t know how long he’s been there,” said the Mexican. “We haven’t discussed it.
“We discussed what happened in Brazil and we went through all the scenarios, all the mistakes we made as a team, not having prepared enough for the race, etc.
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