Verstappen tricked Perez to keep title lead

Max Verstappen ‘tricked’ his teammate Sergio Perez in order to maintain his lead in the 2023 drivers’ world championship. “That’s the only reason why I’m here,” Perez insisted. “So at some point it’s more important to just settle for second and not have an issue with the car,” said Verstappen. So I thought the communication was the same to Max,” he said. In reality, however, Verstappen took the extra point from Perez by posting the fastest lap of the race on the final lap – and keeping his championship lead by that single point. “The internal communication was that both asked who had the fastest lap,” said Red Bull’s Dr Helmut Marko. Marko also revealed that amid reliability concerns, both Verstappen and Perez were asked to drive in such a way that would protect their cars.

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