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Verstappen: Not my problem to help Perez

Verstappen: Perez struggle not my problem

Verstappen: Not my problem to help Perez

Max Verstappen insists it is not his problem to try and fix Sergio Perez’s problems, who continues to struggle alongside his double Formula 1 World Champion teammate.

While Verstappen is enjoying a dominant run in 2023, in the form of his life and driving one of Adrian’s Newey’s masterpieces, the Red Bull RB19, his teammate Perez has been struggling in the other car.

Red Bull have won all races so far this season, Verstappen achieving six wins, the remaining two having Perez’s name on them, but the latter has been struggling since the Miami Grand Prix, where he lost out to his teammate, despite starting from pole.

While Perez took the challenge to Verstappen earlier in the season, winning in Saudi Arabia and Azerbaijan, the Dutchman has hit back since then, totally obliterating the Mexican who just can’t seem to get back on form, with Red Bull boss Christian Horner insisting that he should forget about the championship and just drive.

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“Well, if I wasn’t here today, obviously it would have been very different for the team. That’s one way of looking at it,” Verstappen said after winning the Canadian Grand Prix when asked about his teammate’s form.

“It’s not my problem. It’s something they (the team) maybe have to work on,” he bluntly responded when quizzed whether he could offer any help.

“But you have to ask them. I was busy trying to get the car in better shape and at a time like this it’s definitely not something you think about. And even now it’s not. I’ll be back in a little while, have a Red Bull and have a meeting.

“Then I’ll go straight to the hotel and have a nice shower. And as far as I’m concerned, everything’s fine,” Verstappen insisted.

After running Verstappen close in the Championship so far, Perez is now 69 points behind his teammate in the 2023 F1 Drivers’ Standings.