Christian Horner makes Sergio Perez ‘don’t write me off’ claim

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has praised Sergio Perez's gains after a P3 finish in Hungary.

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has come to the defense of Sergio Perez, following recent scrutiny over the Mexican driver’s performance. 

After securing a third-place finish at the Hungarian Grand Prix, Horner asserted that this strong result would instill “a lot of confidence” in Perez and put his recent poor form behind him.

With a qualifying position of 9th, the pressure was on Perez to deliver a performance worthy of his Red Bull seat, especially with rumours circulating about potential driver changes, including the prospect of Daniel Ricciardo joining the team. 

Perez had only managed one podium finish since the Miami Grand Prix, leading to increasing impatience within the team.

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However, the Hungarian Grand Prix showcased Perez’s class as he expertly navigated through the grid and secured a podium place behind his teammate Max Verstappen and Lando Norris. 

Impressed by Perez’s performance, Horner spoke highly of the Mexican driver’s abilities.

“I think he [Perez] drove a great race today,” Horner expressed in an interview with Sky Sports. 

“His recovery, his overtaking was brave, his pace was fast. 

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“The way he made the places, passing Carlos [Sainz], passing Fernando [Alonso], passing [Oscar] Piastri. 

“The strategy that he had, he was on fire today and I think even Nico [Rosberg] would have to agree with that.”

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Horner acknowledged the significance of Perez’s race, as it not only showcased his overtaking skills but also demonstrated his courage and determination. 

The strategic decisions made during the race, coupled with his bold overtaking manoeuvres, left a lasting impression on the team principal.

“A race like that only gives you a huge amount of confidence, and I think that his overtaking, the bravery that he showed – for me, that was a really a statement drive today to say ‘Look, don’t write me off.’ This will give him a lot of confidence,” Horner affirmed.