Max Verstappen says he is relaxed about the prospect of a World Championship battle with his teammate Sergio Perez, adding that their relationship would not be affected by such a scenario.
Perez took victory at the Monaco Grand Prix to sit third in the Drivers' Championship on 110 points, closing to within 15 points of leader Verstappen, who finished third in Sunday's race.
The Mexican could have been even closer to Verstappen's total had he not lost a potential victory at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix following an unfortunately-timed Safety Car deployment.
However, speaking to select members of the media in Monaco, including RacingNews365.com, Perez laughed off any suggestions that their working relationship would sour if they were fighting each other for the title.
"I don't think so, in terms of whether the relationship will change," Verstappen said. Perez then quipped in response: "We are still going to be in love, right?"
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Verstappen hails working relationship with Perez
After several years in middling machinery, Perez joined Red Bull at the start of last season and has proved a closer match for Verstappen than the Dutchman's previous teammates, Alex Albon and Pierre Gasly.
"We work really well as a team," Verstappen said of his relationship with Perez.
"We always try to optimise the car and work for the team and we can accept when somebody does a good job or does a better job, and I think that's very important, because that's how you are respectful to each other.
"May the best man win at the end, right?
"We are always, of course, trying to do the best we can on the track, but we also respect each other a lot and try to score the most possible points every single weekend for the team."
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