Jose Verstappen was not particularly impressed with his son Max’s result in Monaco. He later criticized the lack of support from Red Bull, and team boss Christian Horner is now responding to his comments in Baku.
Sergio Perez claimed his first win of the season in Monaco, confirming his current strong form. The Mexican has been a serious contender for the title this year at least since racing in the principality and promising performances at the Baku training sessions. This means he will also be competing with teammate Max Verstappen and not only get into the car as a winger for the time being.
Jose Verstappen criticized lack of help in Monaco
The fact that Red Bull is splitting forces more evenly in this case and that world champion Verstappen wouldn’t always be the unreserved driver of choice seems to have been bad in the Dutch camp. Father Jose Verstappen criticized the race team for this after the Monaco Grand Prix.
After Perez’s victory two weeks ago, Verstappen told his son’s official website that the points were “dumped” because the team had “little influence” in supporting his son as championship leader.
Horner: ‘Parents are never completely objective’
Team boss Christian Horner didn’t want to leave it that way and included him in the interview SkySports F1 At the Baku stand. “Parents are never completely objective,” Horner said. “What wasn’t clear was all the information we got during the race. If Max had pitted, I think he would have come out behind George at that point.”
in conversation with SkySports F1 Between the first and second practice sessions of Friday’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Horner confirmed that Perez, who has extended his contract by two years, is on a par with Verstappen.
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“Joss is his person and his character. He has his own opinion and that’s totally fine, that’s his opinion. Obviously the reality for us was a little different…that’s not a problem.”
Contender for the third title, Perez
With Perez’s win in Monaco, the Mexican is 15 points behind Verstappen in the championship standings and six points behind Ferrari’s second-placed Charles Leclerc.
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The close gap between the Red Bull drivers has sparked a lot of debate in the circuit ahead of this weekend’s Azerbaijan GP over whether Perez is a real title contender, with his strong performance in training on Friday only adding to the debate.
Horner: ‘Driver number one is up front’
Horner insists that when Perez is ahead of his teammate – as in Monaco – the decision will be made in favor of the leaders. “Driver #1 is the driver who’s ahead, it’s that simple,” Horner said. “That’s why Checo was given the stopping point, for example, Max didn’t even have a ring position on this lap.”
However, Horner doesn’t want to focus on the team’s internal fencing, but rather make sure you stay ahead of Ferrari. “Our battle is not between the drivers, we have a very competitive Ferrari with fast drivers in it. As a team we have to fight together and challenge Ferrari very fast this year.”
Mexicans are not contractually limited to the second eternal number
Perez, who indicated in Barcelona that he no longer wanted to take second place, raised the ante in Baku. He said it wasn’t discussed, but: “There’s nothing in my contract that says I have to finish second or anything like that. It wasn’t a problem at all.”
Asked about his chance of winning the world title, Perez added: “I feel I have a good chance. Of course, the season is still young so anything can happen.”
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