Red Bull has released a statement on the end of the race in Brazil. The team had asked Max Verstappen to overtake Sergio Pérez to get two extra points thanks to sixth place, which the Dutchman refused.
“We made some mistakes as a team in Brazil. We didn’t consider the situation on the last lap and didn’t agree on a strategy for such a scenario before the race.”
“Unfortunately, Max was only informed about the request to give up his position in the last corner, without all the necessary information being passed on.” This put Max, who has always been an open and fair team player, in a compromising situation with little time to react was not ours Intention.”
“After the race, Max spoke openly and honestly, which allowed both riders to resolve any outstanding issues or concerns. The team accepts Max’s reasoning, the conversation was a personal matter that remains private between the team and will not be another comment made.”
Gold, This information, which incriminates Gianpiero Lambiase, Verstappen’s race engineer, is completely false. In fact, the pilot became aware of the instruction in turn 6 of the last lap.
“Max, if you can’t pass Fernando at turn 12, let Checo pass. Let Checo pass.” can be heard at the beginning of the second sector of the tour. The instructions were then repeated during the climb to the straight. So Lambiase seems to have been deliberately blamed when he actually fully briefed his pilot.
Red Bull denounces online abuse
Although Red Bull Lambiase, with its press release, accuses viewers of being at risk of falling on the engineer, Red Bull also takes the opportunity to rightly denounce the unacceptable behavior of fans online, who have attacked Verstappen and Pérez, but also their families .
“The following events are completely unacceptable from a social media perspective. The abusive behavior towards Max, Checo, the team and their respective families online is shocking and saddening and unfortunately something we as a sport have to endure with depressing regularity.”
“There is no place for that in racing or in society at large and we have to do better and get better. At the end of the day this is a sport, we are here to race.”
“Death threats, hate mail, insults to extended family members are unfortunate. We value inclusion and want a safe place where everyone can work and enjoy our sport. The abuse has to stop.”