Horner Maintains Confidence in Perez, Believes He Can Match Verstappen

Red Bull Racing team boss, Christian Horner, believes that Sergio Perez can improve his performance after a challenging 2023 season, and expects him to operate at a more consistent level in 2024, despite competition from other drivers for his spot.

Highlights

‣ Christian Horner, the Red Bull Racing team boss, believes that Sergio Perez can improve his performance beyond 2023.
‣ Despite a promising start in 2023 with two wins in the first four Grands Prix, Perez did not win a single race after expressing his desire to become world champion.
‣ Horner acknowledges the challenge of Perez driving against a generational talent like Max Verstappen, but believes Perez can operate at a more consistent level across 24 races.
‣ 2024 is a crucial year for Perez as his contract with Red Bull expires at the end of the year, and there are many interested drivers for his spot.


Christian Horner has faith. He’s confident that Sergio Perez can outdo his 2023 performance. Competing with Max Verstappen isn’t a walk in the park, but Horner, the Red Bull Racing team boss, backs the Mexican driver.

2023 was a rollercoaster for Perez. It kicked off with a bang – two victories in the first four Grands Prix. But then, the tide turned. Perez had his eyes set on the world champion title. But after that declaration, he didn’t bag a single win. Quite the contrast to Verstappen, who nabbed 19 out of 22 races that year.

So, what went south for Perez?

Horner reminisces about the year’s start. “Remember Azerbaijan, Saudi, Bahrain, and the early races? He was on fire. Even in Monza, he was fantastic,” Horner shared with Racefans.net.

Checo, as Perez is known, has potential. He’s up against a generational talent, which is no joke. But he’s given the same opportunities as Max. He knows this. Horner believes that Perez needs to show more consistency in the next year’s 24 races. When asked if he truly thinks Perez can pull this off, Horner didn’t hesitate. “I believe he can,” he said.

2024 is a crucial year for Perez. His contract with Red Bull expires at the end of the year. And there’s no shortage of drivers eyeing his spot next to Verstappen. Red Bull isn’t rushing to extend Perez’s contract. With 14 contracts ending in 2024, the world champions have a buffet of options.

Albert Ramirez
Albert Ramirez
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