Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner has reiterated his faith
in Sergio Perez to secure second place in the Drivers’
Championship. Perez heads into the final two races of the season
with 32 points between him and Lewis Hamilton. The Mexican can seal
the historic one-two for Red Bull, but only if he finishes ahead of
the seven-time World Champion by over six points. When asked if he
thinks teammate Max Verstappen should help Perez secure second
place, Horner tells Bloomberg : “I don’t think he’ll need the help
from Max, to be honest. “He just needs to finish either ahead or
just behind Lewis [Hamilton] in Vegas to secure that second
position. “We’re treating these remaining races as cup finals,
that’s how we’ve operated since winning the championship a few
races ago in Qatar.” Horner: Perez question marks stem from media
Criticism has been levelled at Perez for his recent performances,
which includes “shocker” outings at the Japanese and Mexican Grands
Prix. But Horner believes much of the speculation regarding his
seat for the future has been as a result of speculation in the
media, rather than what is happening behind closed doors. “The only
people that keep putting the question mark over him are you guys
[media],” said Horner. “Checo is going to be our driver next year
and he’s had a tough six weeks, but he’s started to re-find his
form. “The race that he drove in São Paulo was very strong, his
race in Austin was strong, he’s finding his form again. “Let’s see
what he can do over these next couple of races, but he will be our
driver alongside Max [Verstappen] in 2024.”

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