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Brundle: Giving perez sixth place would've cost Verstappen nothing

Brundle: Giving perez sixth place would’ve cost Verstappen nothing

Brundle: Giving perez sixth place would've cost Verstappen nothing

Martin Brundle believes Max Verstappen should’ve given sixth place to Sergio Perez at the 2022 Sao Paulo Grand Prix, insisting it would’ve costed the Dutchman nothing.

The double Formula 1 Champion was asked by Red Bull to let his teammate through to take sixth place, to give the Mexican a two-point advantage over Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in the Drivers’ Championship.

Those two points would’ve helped Perez in his fight with Leclerc for runner up in the Championship as the pair face off in next weekend’s Abu Dhabi season finale.

Verstappen refused to comply for his “reasons”, and the matter has been the main talking point ever since the race was over.

In his Sky Sports F1 column, Martin Brundle reflected on the race in Brazil, and naturally weighed in on the Red Bull teammates’ saga.

He said: “Perez had let Verstappen easily though on the understanding that if Verstappen didn’t get any further and past Alonso or a Ferrari, then he would be let back through.

Maybe it’s Monaco

“This didn’t happen and so Max was duly told to let Sergio past before the chequered flag to help him in his fight with Leclerc for second in the drivers’ championship.

“He refused due to some historical reason that had apparently already been discussed. I believe this to be over antics during qualifying back in Monaco,” Brundle revealed.

However, the former F1 driver turned pundit reminded the Dutchman of the favours his teammate did him before, in particular in Abu Dhabi last year.

He wrote: “Max will also no doubt remember how Sergio held up Lewis in Abu Dhabi last year, which played a key role in Lewis not being able to pit for fresh tyres under the safety car, and how he fought Lewis so hard in Baku along with other examples which helped Max seal the 2021 title.

“I believe he called him a “legend” back then,” the 63-year-old pointed out.

He added: “This is not a popularity contest, it’s the brutal world of F1, but you still need friends and respect, and giving Sergio a meagre sixth place when the championship is already in his pocket would have cost Max nothing.

“It’s the second boomerang in two races which has come back to hit Max pretty hard,” Brundle concluded.