I took Verstappen fight to limit of contact – Perez

Sergio Perez says fighting Max Verstappen any harder would have led to contact after being overtaken by his teammate late on in the Miami Grand Prix.

Verstappen climbed through the field from ninth on the grid to lead for a long spell before his pit stop, emerging behind Perez heading into the final ten laps. Having quickly closed in, Verstappen attacked around the outside of Turn 17 but Perez resisted, before the championship leader used DRS to get alongside and complete the move around the exit of Turn 1.

“Obviously at the end of the day we have to put the team ahead of us,” Perez said. “We are two drivers but there are so many people back home working really hard, so we have to stay respectful and at the end we had a really good fight between us and a bit more would have been contact, and I don’t think that would have been fair for any of us. Only for Fernando (Alonso).”

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