Sergio Perez Sets the Internet Ablaze By Brutally Snubbing Max Verstappen Online After Red Bull Blunder At Brazilian GP

Drive to Survive writers have to love the Brazilian GP weekend so far. We’re only past the sprint finish and there’s already plenty of drama. Between big events like Kevin Magnussen’s pole and George Russell’s sprint win, other incidents slipped through the cracks. For example, the tiff between Red Bull teammates Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez.


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Let’s review the origin of the conflict between the two before we talk about the outcome. During the sprint race, Verstappen dropped from P1 to P4. A rare slow move in the RB18 by Verstappen saw him overtaken by Russell, Sainz, and Hamilton. In P4, Verstappen met teammate Perez in fifth place.

Perez connected to each other his desire to pass Verstappen to start the race in P3 and gain an advantage over Leclerc in the next race. Perez was looking for this spot to improve on his five-point lead over Leclerc in the driver’s championship table.

Formula One F1 – Japanese Grand Prix – Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka, Japan – October 9, 2022 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Red Bull’s Sergio Perez after the race REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Red Bull did not issue those instructions to the team, which angered Perez as they both held their positions. This did not go down well as Perez wanted to keep his second place in the championship. This did not go down well with the fans as Perez obeyed all the instructions of the team in favor of his teammate, who is now the world champion.


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Although the tension did not come to light until fans noticed the work of Perez and Verstappen on social media.

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Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen are no longer friends, at least on Instagram

The Red Bull men, after the race, took to Instagram and talked about their silent revenge with a simple act. The teammates unfollowed each other on Instagram. Fans caught this update because of the public nature of their social media activity.

Fans flooded Twitter with their reactions to the two not following each other.

Perez’s decision baffled fans, but many connected the dots to the incident during the race.

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Petty or not, Sergio Perez is slyly making sense of the team’s orders that never came. But what do you think? Should Red Bull have allowed Perez and Verstappen to swap positions?


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