Max Verstappen insists that he won't be doing any "favours" for teammate Sergio Perez's home race at the Mexican Grand Prix.
While Verstappen and Red Bull have already sealed the 2022 Drivers' and Constructors' Championships respectively, Perez remains in the battle for P2 in the World Championship standings, with the Mexican currently two points behind nearest rival Charles Leclerc.
A victory in front of his local fans would boost Perez's chances of securing second place, but Verstappen is not planning to make life any easier for his fellow Red Bull driver.
Verstappen outlines goals for Mexican GP
"Of course, we want to win,' the Dutchman revealed on Verstappen.com.
"We have a great car, so hopefully we can maximise that. We also try to keep learning things about the car that we can hopefully use next year."
The fact that the upcoming weekend is Perez's home event does not change much for Verstappen.
"As a team, we want to achieve the best result," he explained.
"It's Checo’s home race, but that doesn’t mean we're handing out favours. If we finish one and two, everybody will be happy.
"Checo is good enough to win races by himself and I’m sure he'll do a good job as a home race is always amazing."
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Verstappen hopes Perez can claim P2 in championship
While he won't be making life any easier for Perez on the track, Verstappen is hoping that his teammate will continue Red Bull's run of success by claiming P2 in the championship.
"It’s close, but we'll go for it," Verstappen said.
"We've got a great relationship. He's a great driver and teammate. We work well together and have a lot of fun."
Verstappen is also looking forward to soaking up the atmosphere at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.
"It’s amazing to be here, the atmosphere is special," the 25-year-old added.
"The fans love Formula 1 and are crazy about Checo. It's definitely one of the best weekends on the calendar."
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