It appears Max Verstappen isn’t just one of the most talented Formula 1 drivers of all-time, but also a gossip, as revealed by his team-mate Sergio Pérez ahead of this weekend’s Mexican Grand Prix.
There is no respite for the drivers as the season draws ever closer to an end, with another double header set to be completed this weekend in Mexico City.
Verstappen heads into the weekend on the back of an impressive victory at the United States Grand Prix, where he recovered from a poor pit-stop to overtake both Charles Leclerc and Lewis Hamilton to claim his 13th win of the season.
It means he’s now matched Sebastian Vettel’s and Michael Schumacher’s joint record of 13 wins in a year, something he can eclipse this weekend in front of his team-mate’s home crowd.
Verstappen is incredibly successful around the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez Circuit, having claimed the win on three occasions, most recently last season.
Should he win all the remaining races, then he’ll end 2022 having won 16 times, something which might never be beaten.
Pérez will, though, be going all out for his third win of the season this weekend, with a victory for the Mexican likely to result in perhaps the craziest and most energetic celebrations ever seen by a crowd.
The Red Bull number two is loved by his home fans and is once again wearing a special Mexico-themed helmet for the weekend.
Team orders will probably be out of the question between the two, should they be running first and second, given the fact that the Austrians claimed their first Constructors’ Championship since 2013 at the Circuit of the Americas.
For Pérez, there is also second in the Drivers’ Championship to fight for, with only two points separating Leclerc and the 32-year-old.
Pérez and Verstappen are in fine form ahead of the weekend, with the pair having been involved in a comical game ahead of the Grand Prix.
Verstappen was tasked with explaining Gen-Z terms to his older team-mate, with the one in question being ‘spill the tea’.
In the 25-year-old’s explanation, it led to Pérez joking that Verstappen is a ‘gossip’, something which resulted in the Dutchman laughing.
“Ah, ‘spill the tea’ It’s like ehmm,” began Verstappen.
“Steam up?” questioned Pérez, whilst Verstappen struggled to explain what the saying means.
“No explain what’s up, you know like what’s going on,” somewhat explained the Dutchman.
“C’mon man ‘spill the tea’,” said the double World Champion, whilst giving a demonstration of how he uses the saying.
“Tell us the gossip,” said Pérez, confirming that he understood what Verstappen’s questionable explanation meant.
“Yeah like ‘spill the tea’,” again demonstrated Verstappen.
“You do that well,” joked Pérez, suggesting that his team-mate is a gossip in the garage.