Red Bull experienced an extraordinary Formula 1 season in terms of results. The Milton Keynes side were unstoppable and their star driver, Max Verstappen, swept the field individually.
The beating he gave his opponents was historic. He pocketed 15 overwhelming victories and finished the year with an absolute record for points (454). He left Charles Leclerc deflated midway through the season.
But, apart from the punishment received by the FIA for violating the spending limit rule, a lot of tension came to the surface at Red Bull.
Verstappen did not help his teammate Checo Perez on the Sao Paulo track and made a big mess in the squad that now dominates F1 with an iron fist. That Max did not give him the position in his fight to be runner-up did not sit well with the Mexican.
“I’m very surprised, I don’t know what happened, especially for everything I’ve done for him,” Perez said. “I don’t understand his reasons. I think if he has two championships it’s thanks to me.”
Lewis Hamilton has even now had his say on the drama.
“To be honest, what happened with Red Bull in Brazil reminded me a bit of ‘The Kardashians’. It was quite funny, a lot of the stuff I heard over the next few days was very entertaining. I’m sure that’s all going to be on Netflix, it’s going to be great for the fans,” Lewis said on Channel 4.
Meanwhile, Verstappen has spoken out again on the touchy subject. At the time, he said he had his reasons for doing what he did, but did not explain them.
“I think if I explained my motives, people still wouldn’t understand.” Verstappen said.
“People also don’t understand what goes on behind the scenes throughout the season. Curiously, people think I’m not a team driver, when I’m always very open.
“My relationship with Checo is good, as it always has been.”
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