Jos Verstappen, the daddy of Max Verstappen, was filmed awkwardly refusing to hitch Sergio Perez’s victory celebrations in Jeddah.
Perez, who has simply gained the second race of 2023 from pole place forward of Max, jumped into the arms of a number of jubilant members of the Crimson Bull crew.
However among the many celebrations stood Verstappen’s father, Jos, who didn’t smile or lengthen his hand to greet Perez.
It was a reminder of the underlying pressure between the 2 Crimson Bull drivers that boiled over on the finish of final season.
Max refused crew orders to let Perez by way of, insisting it was in retaliation for Perez’s crash in Monaco throughout qualifying earlier within the 12 months. The blowout of the conflict, with Crimson Bull en path to the Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championship, was resolved by dialog and a handshake, however maybe is not going to but be forgotten.
In Saudi Arabia, race winner Perez later revealed his displeasure with the way in which Crimson Bull dealt with the quickest lap and accompanying additional level.
Verstappen ultimately took the quickest lap and the bonus level, though Perez believes he already had it within the bag.
Verstappen and Perez have every gained a race within the first two Grands Prix of 2023 – Crimson Bull dominates, however does so with simmering pressure between their two drivers.