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Horner backs decision to keep team orders issue talk private

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 13: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (1) Oracle Red Bull Racing RB18 leads Sergio Perez of Mexico driving the (11) Oracle Red Bull Racing RB18 on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Brazil at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 13, 2022 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner thinks that it was right to keep the talk about the team orders issue in Brazil private.

During the closing stages of the Sao Paulo GP, Sergio Perez let Max Verstappen pass so that he could chase Fernando Alonso and Charles Leclerc. Later on, the Dutchman was asked to give the position back to his teammate, but he did not do it.

Verstappen’s actions frustrated Perez who was fighting for P2 in the Drivers’ Championship against Leclerc at that time. After the checkered flag, the Mexican said through team radio that Verstappen “showed who he really is”.

The matter was discussed between the drivers after the race, and the talk remained private. Horner believes that it was the right approach.

“I think there [are] certain things that your drivers have the right to discuss in private, between themselves,” he told Speedcafe.

“Not every conversation has to be covered through digital media. The drivers had a good conversation after the race in Brazil. The air was absolutely cleared, you could see that by the time they’d arrived in Abu Dhabi.

“I think this has been a phenomenal pairing for Red Bull. The success that they’ve achieved over the last couple of seasons, their joint performance achieving first [in the] Constructors’ Championship this year, the first in nine years.

“It has been a remarkable performance by both of them, and I’m sure, moving forward, they’re going to be delivering as they have done [during] the last couple of seasons.”

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