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Dutch media: Perez's deliberate crash caused Verstappen team order snub

Reports have emerged on the reason for Max Verstappen's Red Bull team order refusal at the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Reports are emerging about on the reasons for Max Verstappen's refusal to obey team orders at the Brazilian GP, believed to be linked back to the Monaco Grand Prix. During the Brazil race, The Red Bull driver refused a team order to hand fifth place to teammate Sergio Perez. Red Bull's intention was for Perez to take secure more points in an effort to secure P2 ahead of Ferrari's Charles Leclerc in the Drivers' Championship. Verstappen's radio message response included a comment of "I gave my reasons", which pointed to a historical reason for the team order refusal.

Journalists in Dutch media, Tom Coronel (ViaPlay) and Erik van Haren (journalist for De Telegraaf ) claim that the incident in question was the qualifying session for this season's Monaco Grand Prix. During Monaco qualifying, Perez spun out in the third-and-final part of qualifying, which brought out late red flags, effectively bringing an early end to qualifying. This red flag denied all drivers of the chance to improve, with the Dutchman starting in fourth place, behind Perez who started third, on the Monaco grid. Perez went on to win the Monaco Grand Prix and boost his early season championship aspirations.

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