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Perez urged to fight Verstappen to retain Red Bull seat

The Mexican driver is contracted to remain with the Milton Keynes-based outfit up to 2024

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Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner has demanded Sergio Perez bring the fight to his teammate in 2024.

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Perez retired from the Qatar Grand Prix Sprint after a three-way collision with Nico Hulkenberg and Esteban Ocon (Image Credit: @F1 on X)

Oracle Red Bull Racing have dominated the 2023 Championship, winning the Constructors’ crown with six rounds remaining. Star driver Max Verstappen has wiped the floor with his competition, clinching the Drivers’ Title with second place at the Qatar Grand Prix Sprint.

On the other hand, Verstappen’s teammate Sergio Perez crashed out of contention of the 19-lap event, and followed this up with 10th place in the main race after 15 seconds worth of penalties for track limits violations.

The pressure has been piling on the Mexican driver for quite some time, with rampant speculation that he could be fired from the Milton Keynes-based outfit.

While Team Principal Christian Horner assures that this will not happen, he has recently demanded that Perez improve his performances in 2024 should he wish to keep his Red Bull seat beyond next year.

Speaking to Sky Sports F1, Horner admits that Perez has been markedly off-colour compared to his now-three time World Champion adversary. He said: “you know Mercedes, it’s very tight between their pair, Ferrari is very tight between their pair, Oscar, what a great job he’s doing as a rookie, very tight with Lando.”

“We really need Checo to get into that window because it’s not this year so much, but certainly next year, we need him to be firing on all cylinders.”

Can Perez retain P2 in the Standings?

The Red Bull boss continued by stating that the team will have a talk with Perez regarding his recent poor run of form. He state to media: “I think we really need to sit down with Checo because we know what he’s capable and he’s not hitting that form at the moment. We desperately need him to find that form to keep this second place in the championship.”

Perez is under threat from the likes of Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso in an intense battle for second in the Drivers’ Championship. Red Bull are looking to secure their first ever 1-2 in the Standings in their 18-year history as an F1 team; can the Mexican keep his cool and keep hold of the runner-up spot?

The 33-year-old has revealed that his self-confidence is at an all-time high after working with a mental coach to improve his drive for success. He will be hoping to translate his confidence into tangible results in the remaining five Grand Prix.

Feature Image Credit: @SChecoPerez on X

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