Red Bull team principal Christian Horner says Sergio Perez knows his championship chances are realistically over this year.Max Verstappen’s 10th grand prix win of the season yesterday Perez now trails his team mate by 125 points with 284 available.
After the race, Horner said his driver knows his chances of winning the championship this year are extremely slim even with almost half the season left to run.
“We all know that Helmut is fairly straightforward in some of his analysis,” Horner remarked. “I think Checo knows that, barring a disaster for Max, this championship is out of reach.
“So it’s about him maximising his own performance, not losing ground to any of the rivals behind and trying to pick up a few wins between now and the end of the year.”
Perez led Verstappen in the early stages of yesterday’s race before being passed by his team mate. Verstappen went on to beat him by 22 seconds.
Horner said Perez “did a great job on the first lap, overtook Charles bravely around the outside, and had strong pace in the first stint.”
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“But then obviously we need to go through why he comparatively struggled on the medium tyre,” Horner added.
Perez has endured a tough run of races but goes into the summer break having finished on the podium at the last two rounds. He is encouraged to be “getting that form back” as F1 goes into its summer break.
Having the opportunity to run free of traffic has helped Perez understand why he has been struggling more in the RB19 than his team mate, he said.
“Having these sort of races in clean air is where you learn a lot,” Perez explained. “You make those steps in [these] races, because my last few races have been very hard to get a proper read on, because the way you have to race with dirty air, and so on. That to me I think is where we’re going to be learning the most on that stint on free air and the second stint as well.”
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