Hamilton amused by Verstappen’s mother’s personal attack on Perez

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While talking about Red Bull’s recent “Kardashian show”, Lewis Hamilton alluded to Max Verstappen’s mother accusing Sergio Perez of cheating on his wife.

At the 2022 Sao Paulo Grand Prix, Max Verstappen openly refused to obey team orders, and decided not to help his team-mate Sergio Perez beat Charles Leclerc for second in the 2022 Drivers’ Championship.

The Dutch driver also alluded to something that happened before as the reason behind his refusal, with multiple media outlets saying this could do with Perez’s crash in 2022 Monaco Grand Prix Qualifying, which prevented Verstappen from attempting to get pole. Perez ultimately won the race too.

While talking about the recent goings on in the Formula 1 paddock, Lewis Hamilton said it’s beginning to look like the “Kardashian show”, obviously alluding to Red Bull’s troubles.

“I mean it feels like a bit of a Kardashian show happening here,” Lewis told Channel 4.

“It’s pretty hilarious, some of the stuff that I’ve heard over the past few days has been so entertaining.”

Asked to give an example, Hamilton said:

“I can’t say… Somebody’s mother posting something. Just some pretty interesting stuff going on.

“I’m sure it’ll all be on Netflix – it’s going to be great,” the Briton concluded.

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Some people were puzzled by what Lewis meant, but he was more than likely referring to an Instagram comment that Max Verstappen’s mother Sophie Kumpen posted and then promptly deleted.

Numerous sources reported that Kumpen wrote “and then in the evening cheating on his wife”, which was an obvious reference to footage which emerged after the Monaco Grand Prix, and showed Perez dancing with an unknown woman.

The footage in question prompted Perez to issue a statement.

“It was a bad party that I didn’t know how to control at the height of the person that I am, but it was just that, a very bad party,” the Mexican said at the time.

“People close to me know my values and the type of person that I am. For those who ask me, we are more united than ever, me and my wife.

“And for those who just want to hurt us, I wish you the best. Thank you all for your love and I apologize to all the people who love me because those videos don’t represent me not at all.

“We will not talk about this topic anymore, which only makes us forget the great moment we are living as a family. Thank you,” Checo concluded.

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