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Romain Grosjean says Max Verstappen is being prioritised over Sergio Perez at Red Bull

Romain Grosjean claims it is ‘very clear’ that Max Verstappen is ‘the priority’ at Red Bull…as he insists Sergio Perez will NOT get a fair chance to compete with his teammate for the F1 title this season

  • Max Verstappen currently leads Sergio Perez at the top of the standings
  • Perez has had his moments leading his teammate on track
  • Romain Grosjean thinks Verstappen gets preferential treatment
  • He does not expect Red Bull to give Perez a fair chance at the championship

Former Formula 1 driver Romain Grosjean thinks Max Verstappen is ‘the priority’ at Red Bull and that Sergio Perez will not get the chance to challenge his teammate for the title this season.

Verstappen has won six of the nine races so far in 2022 to open a 46-point lead at the top of the standings.

Perez won in Monaco last month to emphasize his ability to beat the Dutchman, but Grosjean believes Red Bull is focused on guiding Verstappen to his second consecutive championship, pointing out that team orders have proven this.

Romain Grosjean thinks Red Bull has identified Max Verstappen as their number one driver

Romain Grosjean thinks Red Bull has identified Max Verstappen as their number one driver

Verstappen has started to avoid his teammate Sergio Perez at the top of the standings

Verstappen has started to avoid his teammate Sergio Perez at the top of the standings

Red Bull told Perez to let Verstappen pass in Azerbaijan earlier this season

Red Bull told Perez to let Verstappen pass in Azerbaijan earlier this season

“No, Max is number one and Sergio is number two,” Grosjean said, as quoted by the mirrorwhen asked if Perez could battle Verstappen at the front of the grid.

“That’s the way Red Bull has always worked and all the radio communication you get during the race, even in Baku, was the message to Perez ‘no fighting’.

“I mean, he was leading the race, why wouldn’t he fight to keep the lead? It’s very clear at Red Bull and to be honest, Max has done such an incredible job for the team that it’s normal for him to be the priority.”

Red Bull previously had problems with team-mates fighting hard, especially when Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber were driving together.

In 2010, the two were allowed to fight for the title, with Vettel eventually coming out on top.

Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber had their differences over the years at Red Bull

Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber had their differences over the years at Red Bull

The German would win his next three championships with relative ease, but there was a controversial moment in 2013 when Vettel ignored team orders to overtake Webber at the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Despite Red Bull making a ‘Multi 21’ call and asking their drivers to hold their positions, Vettel chose to pass his teammate before winning the race, leaving Webber furious.

Verstappen and Perez are not yet in a similar situation, although the latter didn’t seem particularly happy when he was told to step aside for Verstappen at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix earlier this month.

Formula 1 then heads to Silverstone, where Perez is trying to recover from a nightmarish weekend in Montreal last time, where he crashed in qualifying and then failed to finish the race due to a technical problem.

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