Red Bull driver Sergio Pérez admits letting Max Verstappen pass immediately was key for the team’s success as they secured a double-podium at the French Grand Prix last weekend.
Verstappen pitted from the lead and returned to the track behind his teammate, but the Mexican let him by immediately as he says it is important to also maximize the team’s results.
“It’s important to always deliver to your maximum and for the team as well,” Pérez said. “I knew that Max was arriving and it was critical for him not to lose any track time.
“Also for me – because he was on a different strategy so I was going to let him by – but it was critical that both of us lose as little track time as possible.
“In the end I ended up losing about a second and a half in that lap, Max didn’t lose anything, which was good, at the end a second or two can make a huge difference for the team,” he explained. “So at the end of the day I’m here to do the best for myself but it also benefits the team.
“I think Max would have done the same for me if it was the other way around so I see no reason why to do it any differently than to maximise the full potential of the team.”
Verstappen, who took victory of the French Grand Prix, gave his opinion about Pérez, saying it’s great to have his teammate at the front.
“Everything is going really well. Of course, I knew Checo before, but not as a teammate so of course, it’s a little bit different. But I think so far it’s been great and to be able to now work together upfront to get the best results for the team is what you want.
“So for sure I would want that to continue. He is a great team mate and we can have a lot of fun as well, we don’t need to always talk about cars and set-ups and stuff.
“Before we didn’t have the car to fight them so you could do what you want: make a three stop, put the rear tires on the front, nothing is going to change.
“Now we have the car to really fight them and of course then it’s super important to be up there with two cars. And that’s exactly what we have been doing now and Baku and Paul Ricard. So it’s going to be crucial for the constructors as well to keep this up until the end of the year.”