Christian Horner would like to see Perez closer to Verstappen

Christian Horner would like to see Perez closer to Verstappen
Christian Horner would like to see Perez closer to Verstappen

Red Bull boss Christian Horner admitted after the finish of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix that he would like to see Sergio Perez a little closer to Max Verstappen, although the Briton admitted the Mexican could not do better than eighth place this Sunday at Imola by starting eleventh.

Sergio Perez had a difficult weekend at Imola with a crash this Saturday during the last free practice session and an eleventh place on the starting grid after a complicated qualifying session for him after being eliminated in Q2.

Eleventh at the start of the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix, Sergio Perez opted for an offbeat strategy by starting the race with Hard tires on his Red Bull, when all the drivers in the top ten started on Mediums. Thanks to this strategy, the Mexican managed to finish in the top ten in eighth place, but his boss would have liked to see him finish a little higher.

“We applied the staggered strategy for him and he got eighth place, but seventh place was theoretically the best we could get according to our analysis before the race. » Horner said on Sky Sports.

“We need him to support Max [Verstappen], in the same way that the two Ferraris and the two McLarens are together. » added Christian Horner.

Horner’s words are not trivial since Sergio Perez sees his current contract come to an end at the end of the 2024 season with Red Bull and when he is asked precisely what Perez must do to be sure to keep his seat in 2025 , Horner replied: “He had a better start to the year [par rapport à 2023], except this weekend, which is an anomaly. Otherwise, he was very strong. »

“He’s more relaxed, he’s less focused on what Max is doing and more focused on himself. This is what he must do. »

After the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix, Sergio Perez lost his second place in the World Drivers’ Championship, the Mexican is now third with six points behind Charles Leclerc.

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