Jenson Button points blame at Red Bull over Max Verstappen team orders

Max Verstappen makes subtle dig at Lewis Hamilton in April

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Jenson Button has blamed Red Bull for Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez’s team orders feud at the Brazilian Grand Prix. The 2009 champion claimed the team were at fault for asking the pair to switch when Verstappen had already pulled away. 

He stressed racing drivers “never want to give up” positions and suggested the team should have discussed the issue in depth ahead of the Grand Prix. Speaking to Sky Sports F1, Button said: “I put it fully at Red Bull’s front door, it’s their mistake putting the drivers in this position. 

“Max said no. Maybe he should have said yes he would have come off as an amazing person to give away a position. As a racing driver you never want to give up. He’s also overtaken Checo and pulled away by five or six seconds, after having that big incident on lap one he was last. 

“It doesn’t matter where it’s for, you’re letting your team-mate finish in front of you and that will be always there, that Checo finished ahead of Max in that race. But it should have been down to the team. The team should have discussed this with both drivers ‘can this happen? Will this happen? If it happens Checo and finish second.’”

Verstappen refused to obey the team’s instructions in Sao Paulo as he crossed the line ahead of Perez. It prevented the Mexican from securing extra points in his championship fight for P2 with Charles Leclerc. 

Verstappen hit back at his team after the race as he revealed he had reasons for not letting his team-mate past. However, he has since refused to confirm what the circumstances were after rumours emerged it was down to an incident at the Monaco Grand Prix. 

Leclerc also demanded that Ferrari switch around the drivers in Interlagos to score more points over Perez. However, the Prancing Horse refused his request with Carlos Sainz eventually holding on to P3. 

Hill was left puzzled at the actions of Leclerc and Perez as he claimed drovers never sully want the team involved. He added: “What was more surprising from my point of view was drivers were asking for team orders in the race. 

“Charles Lelcerc was asking for team orders for swapping drivers over. I can’t imagine ever doing that. But, it seems to be the way now, you use the team as much as you can and your team-mate to get as many points as you can.”

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