What Verstappen’s team orders defiance says about Red Bull
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What Verstappen’s team orders defiance says about Red Bull

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OPINION: Max Verstappen's defiance of team orders in the Brazilian Grand Prix has led to an unnecessary rift between himself and Sergio Perez in the Red Bull camp. While the team is no stranger to controversies within its own borders, the Brazil fallout highlights the world champion's pulling power

It’s the final lap of the Brazilian Grand Prix. Undoubtably, the absence of a long straight has flattered Mercedes and its draggy W13 to some extent. Nevertheless, George Russell and Lewis Hamilton are shortly to end a winless spell with a fairly commanding 1-2. After the squad posed a genuine threat in Mexico also, the Silver Arrows are ending the year with a bang. Now, one strong winter could plausibly lead to a three-team fight in 2023.

Given Red Bull will have its aerodynamic testing allowance cut owing to a 2021 budget cap breach, there is even more reason to consider that next season could be a close-run thing. Therefore, best not to go into it with any internal friction that may come to haunt you.

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