Christian Horner is delighted with Red Bull Racing’s current driver line-up. The team boss states that the combination is one of the strongest combinations the team has had, but emphasizes that Sergio Perez has a clear task until the end of the season.
Daniel Ricciardo suddenly announced in the summer break of 2018 that he would be leaving the Red Bull team for Renault. The announcement came like a bolt from the blue for the Austrian racing stable, as it was actually expected that he would just sign. The cheerful Australian was initially replaced by Pierre Gasly, but he failed to get close to Max Verstappen. After six months, Alex Albon was put forward as his successor, but he also had to pack his bags after a year and a half. Then it was the turn of Pérez, who already has a contract extension in his pocket for 2022.
Red Bull satisfied
Although the Mexican is not always as strong during qualifying, Red Bull is in any case very happy with the combination of Pérez and Verstappen. “They’re at the top somewhere Horner told Sky F1. “There was always a good dynamic with Daniel. There were never any problems with Alex last year. But Sergio knows what the objectives are for these remaining races. One of those main goals is to get him as close to the front of the field as possible.”
There are still six races to go in the 2021 world championship and the margins are very small. The final phase of this season will therefore be very exciting. Asked which tracks would suit Red Bull or Mercedes better, he replied: “It’s 50/50. I think there are some tracks where we have done well. The South American races have always been good for us. And there are a few more jobs we’ve never been to, so who knows. It will be like ebb and flow,” Horner said.
“There was always a good dynamic with Daniel, also Alex last year there was never any issues but Sergio knows what the objectives are for these remaining seven races and one of those key objectives is having him as close to the front as we can possibly get him.”
Perez returned to the podium in Turkey having been absent from the top three in every race since the French Grand Prix in June and on whether the two-time grand prix winner was pumped for the end of the season, Horner replied: “Absolutely.
“At this stage of a championship, experience will come into play,” he added.
“He should have been on the podium in Monza, he could have been on the podium in Sochi.
“He is going to play a key role in the constructors’ championship and of course, both he and Valtteri are going to play a key role as well potentially in the drivers’ [championship]”