Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner has offered Sergio Perez
advice amid his performance slump against Max Verstappen. The
Dutchman has dominated the campaign en route to his third Formula 1
World Championship, which he picked up last month in Qatar. Perez
has struggled for form throughout the campaign and currently holds
a 32-point lead over Lewis Hamilton as he aims to end the season
second in the Drivers’ Championship. Perez is under contract for
next year’s campaign but question marks have been raised over his
future beyond his current deal. Speaking to the eff won podcast,
Horner acknowledged that Perez has one of the toughest jobs in F1.
“Being a teammate of Max is the hardest job in the paddock,” he
said. “Checo has done a great job next to Max during the last three
years.” Horner’s advice Horner has advised Perez to ignore
Verstappen’s data and instead focus on his own performance within
the car. “When you’re looking at the data of what Max is doing,
you’ve only got if you look at a race like Japan,” said Horner.
“The very first lap that Max does out of the pits is two seconds
quicker than the rest of the field. “And you’re looking at that
data and you’re thinking, ‘How has he done that? How has he done
that?’ And so often, that will happen. “The problem is for Checo,
he’s trying to compare himself to Max and what he needs to do is
forget about Max. “[He needs to] just focus on himself, don’t even
look at his data. Just focus on being the best you can be. “As we
saw earlier in the year, some sometimes that can be good enough.”

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