“He’s Probably Not Aware of It”: Christian Horner Defends Helpless Sergio Perez After Missed Podium Chance

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Red Bull had a weekend to neglect in Australia after Max Verstappen’s DNF and Sergio Perez’s failed cost for the rostrum. Verstappen’s RB20 suffered a brake situation that jeopardized his race and out of the blue all of the eyes had been on Perez. With his teammate out, this was a golden likelihood for the Mexican driver to make amends and seize a podium. However, he might solely handle a disappointing P5, for which Christian Horner apparently defended him as an alternative of criticizing him.

Perez was comparatively slower than the highest 4 comprising Carlos Sainz, Charles Leclerc, Lando Norris, and Oscar Piastri. Therefore, he was in a special race with Aston Martin’s Fernando Alonso. The #11 driver had a number of wheel-to-wheel tussles with the Spanish driver and in doing so, he suffered crucial harm to his ground.

Horner defending him, identified on the broken ground as the precise cause for Perez to fall behind. The Red Bull boss advised Sky Sports as per RBR News, “He’s most likely not conscious of it, however he picked up a bit of harm as quickly as he received previous Fernando. He misplaced a major quantity of downforce from the ground of the automotive. Then as quickly as you get that then your tyre deg simply will get worse and it was not good on the finish of the stint.”


The 34-year-old driver had an honest outing on Saturday the place he claimed P3 in qualifying behind pole-sitter Max Verstappen and P2 Carlos Sainz. However, the stewards penalized him for impeding Nico Hulkenberg and demoted him to P6 on the grid.

Despite that, followers and consultants anticipated Checo to complete the race higher than P5. Given that he had the RB20 rocketship beneath him and Verstappen had a DNF, if not a race win, a podium was anticipated of him.

Can Sergio Perez prolong his keep at Red Bull subsequent yr?

Sergio Perez is already auditioning for the Red Bull seat subsequent yr willingly or unwillingly. The Red Bull driver’s contract runs out on the finish of 2024 and solely a miracle would preserve him within the staff after an underwhelming season in 2023.

Perez dug his personal grave final yr after he declared himself because the championship contender towards Max Verstappen. The Mexican driver gained two of the primary 4 races and this boosted his confidence, to say the least.


However, issues took a nosedive from Monaco onwards, when Perez did not proceed his momentum and fell drastically behind his teammate. So a lot so, that he got here to some extent the place he was virtually on the verge of shedding his seat. Nonetheless, he pulled himself again as much as proceed the season and completed in P2 within the Drivers’ championship.

Perez started his 2024 season alongside Verstappen nicely and has been performing formidably. So far, he doesn’t have any quick menace from anybody as Ricciardo and Tsunoda must up their recreation for a Red Bull likelihood.

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