The Crimson Bull duo have every gained the primary two races of the 2023 F1 season, however their typically thorny relationship has additionally resurfaced.
Although Perez gained in Saudi Arabia, he was propelled to the bonus level for quickest lap by Verstappen, which raised questions over who Crimson Bull favored.
“They allow us to race, to be truthful to the crew,” Perez instructed Sky.
“In Bahrain there was no purpose to maintain attacking, and in Jeddah there was no purpose to maintain attacking as a result of we had been at an identical tempo.
“As a crew we’ve got to suppose it is higher to complete with two vehicles than to overlook one.
“We’re properly positioned. The whole lot is magnified by the media whenever you’re not on a race weekend.
“There’s a good environment within the crew.
“Clearly we wish to battle. However there’s respect within the crew.
The Australian F1 Grand Prix, the third race of the season this weekend, is the subsequent alternative for Crimson Bull to reassert its dominance.
Perez may show to be the largest risk to his teammate’s hopes of a 3rd consecutive championship.
The Melbourne race may also be a check for the Crimson Bull crew, and the fragile balancing act to maintain two aggressive drivers blissful.
Perez and Verstappen’s fiery relationship got here to the fore on the finish of final season, even with the drivers’ and constructors’ championships stitched collectively.
Verstappen refused crew orders to assist Perez, citing a second earlier within the season when he claimed his teammate’s accident value him essential floor within the title chase.
They may return to the magnifying glass in Melbourne.