When confronted by race engineer Gianpiero Lambiase about not yielding the position, Verstappen responded assertively, making it clear that he had already provided his reasons and stood by his decision. The move had significant implications for Perez's aspirations to secure P2 in the drivers' championship standings.
Horner: Hamilton the most successful of all-time
Delving into Verstappen's more unconventional moments on the Secrets of Success podcast, Horner elaborated on the similarities between Verstappen's situation and Hamilton's role at Mercedes.
“It’s inevitable in any sport I would have thought. I mean, Max came to us as a teenager, he’s now a world champion," he said.
“I think the same with Lewis Hamilton. He’s now the most successful driver of all time. He will have more sway within his team than his team-mate because his value to the team is significantly greater.
“And I think that it’s a matter of keeping that in check. Of course, there will be certain privileges that are allowed to your centre forward, your star player, but he’s still part of a team, he still needs to, you know, there’s no room for a prima donna because, at that point, it becomes bigger than the team.
“So he can’t achieve what he wants to without having the team behind him, without having the tools. And that’s where it’s a matter of achieving that balance, being respectful of the status that they’ve achieved, but also still recognising you’re part of a team, you need all the other elements to deliver for you to be able to deliver your part.”
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