Perez slams Verstappen: He has two championships thanks to me

Max Verstappen refused to let Sergio Perez past at the 2022 Brazilian GP, with the Mexican fighting for second in the F1 Drivers' Championship


Sergio Perez was feeling quite aggrieved after Max Verstappen refused to let the Mexican into sixth place at the 2022 Brazilian Grand Prix, calling into question his Red Bull teammate’s attitude. 

With Verstappen having wrapped up the 2022 Drivers’ Championship and Red Bull already proclaimed Constructors’ Champions, all that’s left for the team to play for is second place in the Driver Standings, with Perez battling Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc

At the end of the race, Perez was asked about Verstappen not letting him through. 

“I don’t know what happened, after what I’ve done for him. If he has two championships, it is thanks to me,” Perez told F1 TV after the Brazilian GP.

Meanwhile on team radio, Perez took aim at Verstappen immediately:  “Thanks for that, guys. [Verstappen] really showed who he is.”

Why didn’t Verstappen let Perez past?

Rumours circulated after the race as to Verstappen’s reasons for not giving up the place to Perez, especially since the Dutchman has nothing left to fight for and his Red Bull teammate is desperate to cement second position. 

Verstappen indicated he had his reasons for not letting Perez by, but was elusive when asked what exactly they are. 

However, F1 reporter for Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf Erik van Haren confirmed that Perez deliberately crashed in Monaco, and admitted that to Helmut Marko and Christian Horner.

And it’s been suggested that Verstappen was not happy with the Mexican for the move, which meant nobody, including Verstappen, could improve their lap time so Perez started third, ahead of his teammate who was fourth.

Perez went on to win the race after taking advantage of a strategy blunder from Ferrari, whilst Verstappen was third.

In addition, during Verstappen’s post-race interview with Sky Sports F1, he was asked if Monaco was the reason, and the Dutchman replied: “I’ll let you decide that.”

John Smith
John Smith
Editor at and all round Motorsport journalist specialising in Formula 1, IndyCar and Formula E.
- Advertisment -


Should F1 adopt a football-style transfer window for drivers? Max Verstappen is the proof...

Formula 1 is unlike any other sport, and that's fine - the F1 purists thrive on its unique qualities....

What went wrong for Will Brown, Cam Waters in NASCAR Cup debuts

The NASCAR Cup Series had some Australian flavour Sunday when Supercars Championship stars Will Brown and Cameron Waters made...

What we learned from the 2024 Canadian GP

Max Verstappen returned to the top step of the podium after a terrible 2024 Monaco Grand Prix with an...
Norman Nato leads the field at the 2024 Shanghai E-Prix | Formula E

Formula E 2024-25 calendar announced for first Gen3 Evo season

Formula E have announced its provisional calendar for the 2024-25 season, which will be the first campaign for the...
Race winner Max Verstappen celebrates after the 2024 Canadian Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Max Verstappen aces huge Canadian GP test as Red Bull and Perez falter

While Lando Norris was frustrated with his team, George Russell committed a litany of errors and Lewis Hamilton lamented...

F1 risks repeating mistake with new 2026 regulations announcement

Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali unveiled the sport's much-heralded new era of racing in 2026 promising "a new generation...

F1 Winners and Losers of the 2024 Canadian GP

The dust settled on a barnstorming 2024 Canadian Grand Prix weekend with Max Verstappen returning to the top step...
George Russell at 2024 Bahrain Grand Prix | Mercedes / Sebastian Kawka

George Russell mistakes exposed as Mercedes face major concern

George Russell may have started the Formula 1 2024 Canadian Grand Prix on pole position, yet there was a...
Race winner Max Verstappen and third placed George Russell of Mercedes during press conference after the 2024 Canadian Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

F1 Driver Ratings – Canadian GP 2024

The Formula 1 2024 Canadian Grand Prix promised to offer unpredictability with interchangeable weather and, for fans at the...
Race winner Max Verstappen celebrates after the 2024 Canadian Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Max Verstappen warns Red Bull teammate Perez: You can afford these one-offs… sometimes

Max Verstappen fired a warning shot to Sergio Perez just days after his teammate extended his Red Bull contract...
- Advertisment -