Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner stated that Sergio Perez had a lot to offer and, great races are to come from the Mexican after a disappointing Imola Grand Prix that saw him drop from 2nd to 12th post two spins and a ten second time penalty inflicted due to the driver overtaking under the safety car.
Red Bull, who are not ones to shy away from any criticism to their driver, the second driver at least, seemed to be calm about Checo’s performance at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.
Talking about Checo’s performance, Christian Horner had this to say: It’s just time in the seat. It’s different to what he’s used to,” he said on Sunday. “He did a mega job yesterday to put it on the front row, only just missed out on that pole position and there are great races to come from him in the future.
“You could see in clean air his pace was strong; he just got caught in that DRS train at the end there. But yeah, it was a tough day for all of them today,” he added.
Despite this, the team principal did admit that Red Bull should have made up ground to title leaders Mercedes, who had Valtteri Botts retire from the race post a collision with Mercedes junior George Russell, driving for Williams F1 team.
Lewis Hamilton finished 2nd despite beaching his car at Tosa, just behind Max Verstappen, who took his 11th career win.
Horner did admit that Perez had the pace to come back from the mistakes committed at Imola. “So tough for him [Perez], and we should have taken some points out of Mercedes today,” said Horner. “He had good pace in the race and there’s still a long, long way to go.”