Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc ultimately pipped Perez to second, behind champion Verstappen.
“It’s not about saying sorry.,” Verstappen said to Sky.
“It’s more about what happened this year. Something happened.
“We didn’t communicate well enough to each other and to the team. I gave my stance in Mexico about it.
“We should have cleared it way sooner, then we wouldn’t have had that issue in Brazil. Like a relationship, communication is key. You always say communication is key in a relationship, and this is like a relationship.”
Verstappen refused to confirm which incident “this year” contributed to his refusal to accept team orders – it has been widely reported that it was his belief that Perez intentionally crashed during Monaco qualifying to deny Verstappen a chance to claim pole position.
“Checo, that evening, did amazingly to hold him up so much,” Verstappen admitted.