However, according to McLaren team boss Zak Brown, this is not leading to tensions between the two. "In my opinion, there's not really a rivalry going on with Checo," he said in a conversation with the Mexican branch of ESPN. "There have been some things that have happened, but I wouldn't say Checo is his rival."
No rivalry between Perez and Norris
He continued: "I haven't heard Lando talk about any incident that has angered him. I don't think a rivalry is forming," Brown concluded.
Pérez and Norris collided twice: in Austria and in the Netherlands. Norris was penalised for the incident in Austria, but the stewards were criticised for it by both McLaren and Red Bull Racing, both of whom felt the penalty was unjustified as the incident occurred shortly after the safety car restart.